2019 Honda Insight Debuts In Production Form, Gets 151hp And 55mpg City

Honda has announced that the 2019 Insight will celebrate its global premiere at the New York Auto Show in its final production version.

Under its sleek design, the new Insight uses Honda’s third generation two-motor hybrid powertrain, featuring a 1.5-liter petrol engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

The combined output of the new powertrain is 151hp and 197lb-ft of torque, with Honda claiming best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, as well as an estimated 55-mpg in the city.

“The Honda Insight shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car doesn’t mean sacrificing style, refinement or performance,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor. “The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises.”

3 Driving Modes, including Sport

The driver will be able to choose between three driving modes –Normal, Econ and Sport. In addition, all Insight models will feature what steering wheel-mounted selectors which offer three different levels of regenerative braking, depending on driving conditions. Honda claims that the 2019 Insight hybrid will be capable of all-electric driving for short distances of roughly a mile.

The new 2019 Honda Insight shares its basic platform architecture with the 10th-generation Civic but the former gets many engineering enhancements in order to offer better ride quality and NVH levels.

Honda promises a comfy interior

The 2019 Honda Insight rides on a 106.3-inch long wheelbase, which according to the company gives it best-in-class rear legroom, with 37.4 inches. Trunk space is rated at 15.1 cu.-ft, which is comparable to non-hybrid midsize models.

The interior features premium soft-touch materials, an instrument panel with real stitching and ergonomic seats, among others. The driver’s instrument binnacle hosts a 7-inch digital display while the 8-inch infotainment system comes with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Honda’s Sensing suite of safety and driver’s assistance technologies is also present, with the 2019 Insight getting Forward Collison Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition as standard in the entry-level models.

On sale in the U.S. this summer

The latest electrified model of the Japanese carmaker will be positioned between the Civic and the Accord in Honda’s lineup, when it arrives in dealerships nationwide in early summer, with pricing to be announced.

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  • Dr Strangefingger

    Not bad for what it is. and more important, it doesn’t look like a Peni… Prius.

    • Bo Hanan

      And it has a grille.

  • IFDU

    3rd times the charm as they say.

  • Liam Paul

    Honda’s Answer to the Chevrolet Volt and I got to say this is really nice for what it is, though where is it priced at?

    • pjl35

      yeah this is hardly their answer to the Volt…

  • ErnieB

    This is now the nicest in its segment! Really nice job!

  • Soob

    How the Civic should have looked.

  • Toronado_II

    Baby Accord, but better. I like it.

  • Autoexperte

    it looks good

  • Dennis Scipio
    • TheHake

      Thanks. Those in the article are pretty useless!

  • Honda NSX-R

    Anyone who will still buy a Prius over this is a moron.

    • brn

      Toyota has generally over-engineered the Prius. As much as I don’t want one, it’s quite a vehicle. Jury is still out on the Insight.

  • TheHake

    Wow! Looks great in comparison to the previous Insight!

    • brn

      The previous Insight set the bar pretty low.

      • TheHake

        Lol. True. It’s the best way of ensuring that you improve…

  • diesel_vdub

    With that sloping roofline, why is it a sedan and not a hatchback?

    • U8INIT

      Exactly

  • Paul

    It looks like it also gets the ugly front end of new Honda’s.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Why they didn’t name it Civic hybrid instead of having 2 models with near design and two names in one market

  • eb110americana

    Best looking vehicle Honda makes (and I am including Acura). Looks clean, and has a confidence to the design lacking in so many other Hondas which substitute fake grilles and odd design flourishes, like that weird pointy chrome trim at the base of the C-pillar. Insight just has good proportions and upscale flourishes like the LED taillights. Seriously, what other Honda looks this good? Can you think of one?

  • Vanishing Boy

    Yawn, so basically this is a replacement for the Civic Hybrid. Honda has the most lackluster lineup of hybrids…ALL SEDANS NOW! Who’s making these decisions now!?

    Clarity = Hatch -> SEDAN
    Insight = Hatch -> Hatch -> SEDAN

    The Ionic/Niro becomes a more compelling choice, because hatchback. The Prius becomes a dumb choice buyers nowadays.

  • bb3

    Looks good – better looking than the Accord and Civic. What’s the transmission? The article doesn’t say .. likely their corporate cvt, but could it be their new 10 speed?

    The civic’s perform ok with the cvt and the 1.5 turbo, but what will it drive like with the Atkinson cycle 1.5?

    Would love to see Honda hybridize the 1.5 turbo to create a fuel efficient performance vehicle – which is what we did with their golf GTE and Jetta hybrid. That would make for a very interesting option.

  • pjl35

    is it a plug-in electric? no. again, not a volt competitor.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    civic’s exterior?

  • dumblikeyou2

    I wondering if this was supposed to be the next ILX, but they changed course midway through and did this instead.

  • DJ

    So this is what automotive incest looks like.