2019 Honda Insight gets a sleek exterior complemented by new additions to the interior; uses a 1.5-litre petrol-electric powertrain making 151 hp
Honda will be introducing the production-spec Insight sedan at the 2018 New York International Auto Show and its official pictures are already out in the open. It is the road-going version of the Insight prototype showcased in Detroit in the first month of this year.
It will be launched in the United States market this summer and positioned between the highly-popular Civic and Accord. Under the bonnet, the 2019 Insight uses a two-motor hybrid system combined with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle.
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It is paired with a Li-ion battery and an electric motor to produce a total system output of 151 horsepower and 267 Nm. Honda says the Insight does not have compromises in style, refinement or performance by being a hybrid and is claimed to have class-best power-to-weight ratio and 55 mpg estimated city mileage.
Drive is sent to the wheels via one of the three modes: Normal, Econ and Sport. Based on the driving circumstances, selectors mounted on the steering wheel offer three levels of regenerative braking for additional assistance.
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Although being based on the same platform as the latest generation Civic, engineering advancements meant the 2019 Insight has better ride quality and it can run on all-electric mode for about a mile.
The 2019 Honda Insight is also claimed to have best-in-class leg room and the cabin features an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, seven-inch digital display, premium soft touch materials, etc.
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The whole host of driver assistance and safety features come courtesy of Honda Sensing suite as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition are provided as standard. More details about the new Insight will be revealed at the Big Apple.