Honda Insight to deliver 50 mpg or better

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"The new 2019 Honda Insight signals we are entering a new era of electrification with a new generation of Honda products that offer customers the benefits of advanced powertrain technology without the traditional trade-offs in design, premium features or packaging", stated Honda exec, Henio Arcangeli Jr. Since then, we've known to expect a new auto with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance.

Honda has confirmed that the Insight name will return to its line-up by showing off a new prototype model.

The design looks a lot like that of the 10th-generation Civic, though Honda describes the new Insight as an "upscale" 5-seater positioned above the Civic, meaning the vehicle should be bigger than the Civic and better appointed.

In 1999, Honda started production of the original first-generation Insight, which was a subcompact hybrid sedan that stayed in production until 2006. Honda has received a fair bit of flak for its infotainment system lately, but it promises more intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality this round, including customisable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and WiFi-enabled over-the-air system updates. Those include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, and a new traffic-sign recognition feature that's been used on European cars for several years but is just making its way into mass-priced USA vehicles.


Although Honda calls the Insight a prototype, the concept has gotten the green light; the automaker says it'll arrive in late 2018. Honda notes that the pack's location under the rear seat allows for full use of the trunk. The hybrid will be powered by a third-generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid system that will combine a 1.5L four-cylinder engine to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. Its long wheelbase translates to roominess for the five passengers, according to Honda.

Honda says the Insight will offer "class-leading" power, but does not define what that is. Compared to the first two generations, the biggest change this time is that the Insight will be a sedan. In the Clarity, this powertrain delivers a combined output of 212 horsepower-103 hp from the gas engine and 181 from the electric motor-but the Insight could hierarchically be slightly less powerful.

The auto manufacturer hopes to make two-thirds of its global vehicle sales electrified by 2030.

The new Insight will be built in Greensburg, Indiana, and will be on sale later in 2018.

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