Detroit auto show welcomes the all new 2019 Honda Insight.
Its now official that the New 2019 Honda Insight is coming back. The old hatch which was discontinued back in 2014 is getting an all new upgrade to a five seater sedan. The automaker has released the images of the all new Insight Prototype ahead of its official debut which is happening in January at the Detroit auto show. At a glance we found that the prototype looks very much alike like Honda Civic including long hood and curves on the body lines.
According to our sources the new 2019 Honda Insight will be adopting a similar Hybrid setup like its elder brother, the 2018 Honda Accord, pairing two electric motors with a 2.0 litre DOHC Atkinson cycle engine. Exact specification for the new Insight is still unknown but its already than the Integrated Motor Assist setup which we had seen on the old Insight.
As we all know the older setup had many severe issue and ain’t nobody liked it because of the comprised 1.3 litre I-4 with an electric motor producing a combined total of 98 horses. The powertrain would switch on and off too abruptly at stoplights which was unacceptable.
Back in 1999, when the first generation of Insight was launched with a two door setup and the first ever hybrid engine to launch in U.S., Honda didn’t launched the second generation till 2009 when finally it was a more practical 5 door setup but still we weren’t satisfied with the interior and specially the interior space, not to mention the awful ride quality too.
Decision of transforming the Insight from an small hatch to a sedan will help broaden its appeal, and it’ll erase any comparisons that may have been made in the past with the king of all hybrids, the Toyota Prius. We can expect a much more premium feel and much more spacious interior for the upcoming Insight. It’ll sit in the slot above the Civic in Honda’s lineup and will offer fuel economy that’ll be competitive with other compact hybrids, the automaker says. Honda is also claiming that the new Insight will be “best-in-class performance.”
“You won’t have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight; It’s a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the hood,” Henio Arcangeli Jr., Senior Vice President of Automobile Sales and General Manager of the Honda Division at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement.
A production version of the Insight will be arriving us by next summer. According to a source its a part of Honda’s plan for electrified vehicles to comprise two thirds of its global sales by year 2030.
The 2019 Honda Insight will be joining the new Accord Hybrid, launching early next year, alongside the Clarity series in Honda’s growing green lineup. Insight will enter production at Honda’s plant in Greensburg, Indiana.