Honda Insight prototype previews 50 mpg 2019 Insight hybrid sedan

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The five-passenger 2019 Honda Insight is the company's new dedicated hybrid model, set to rival the Toyota Prius, the Kia Niro and the Hyundai Ioniq, although it seems heavily based on the Honda Civic's bones. The front will adopt Honda's aggressive new styling theme, with a metallic strip running the full width, tying in with Honda's other US-market models. Honda has not yet announced how fuel-efficient the next Insight will be, but Arcangeli described the auto as having "best-in-class performance" in this regard. It also allows the rear seats to fold and split 60/40.

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.

A number of driver assistance and safety systems have been introduced into the new vehicle which include Honda LaneWatch and the Honda Sensing suite.

On EX and higher trims, the Insight will come standard with the Honda Sensing group of safety technologies, including adaptive cruise control with low-speed following capability, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, Road Departure Mitigation (which helps keep the auto on the road), and traffic sign recognition capability. It does not work for the left side of the vehicle.

It runs on electric power only and uses the engine (operating as a generator) or the battery pack. Arriving later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle launched by Honda over the past year, Insight will join the Clarity series (Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid) and the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid, arriving at dealerships nationwide early this year.

The parts coming from outside the USA likely include the hybrid powertrain, which is similar to that used in the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which went on sale in December.

Honda says the Insight will offer "class-leading" power, but does not define what that is.

Utilizing a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine four-cylinder and electric motor, Honda says it is anticipating at least a 50 mpg rating from the EPA on the Insight.

In the larger and heavier Clarity Plug-In Hybrid mid-size sedan, the drive motor is rated at 135 kilowatts (181 horsepower) and 232 pound-feet of torque.

The new Insight continues Honda's goal of electrifying two-thirds of its global models by 2030. It's certainly a lot more conventional in appearance than its two predecessors of the same name, so Honda presumably hopes it will be third time lucky for the nameplate this time.

The 2019 Insight will be manufactured at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside the Civic and CR-V.

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