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New Honda Insight Hybrid - more details and images

New Honda Insight Hybrid - more details and images

Neither wildly futuristic like the first Insight 2-seater of 2000, plain looking like the first Civic Hybrid of 2003, or thrifted to painful levels like the second-generation Insight of 2010, the new 2019 Insight will be positioned as a premium compact hybrid slotting above the Civic in Honda's lineup. Since then, we've known to expect a new vehicle with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance.

Where previous hybrids have been compromised by their electrification, the new Insight will be "a great auto in its own right, independent of what's happening under the hood", said Honda's United States boss, Henio Arcangeli.

In 1999, Honda started production of the original first-generation Insight, which was a subcompact hybrid sedan that stayed in production until 2006.

Honda makes a case for a "full-size trunk with the flexibility of available 60/40 split and folding rear seats", which is an interesting choice of words for a compact-sized sedan.

Inside, the Insight will be available with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and an onboard Wi-Fi connection that will enable over-the-air system updates.

It comes a full spate of safety and convenience offerings, including Honda LaneWatch on EX and above and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.

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It will also feature Honda's two-motor hybrid system. Honda says the Insight will feature a long wheelbase to offer class-leading passenger space, so there should be plenty of room to bring friends and family along for the ride.

The new Insight will feature a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.

Honda says the Insight will offer "class-leading" power, but does not define what that is. The Honda Electrification Initiative announced by the automaker promises that most all new models launched in 2018 and 2019 will be electrified, and the company's two-motor hybrid system will find its way into both cars and trucks.

Defining characteristics: Honda expects the Insight to get a combined EPA fuel-economy rating above 50 mpg.

The production model is expected to go on sale in the USA in the summer of 2019, but at the moment there are no plans to offer the Insight in Europe as the next hybrid Honda has planned is a CR-V Hybrid.


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