Honda to debut 2019 Insight Prototype at North American International Auto Show

Honda to debut 2019 Insight Prototype at North American International Auto Show

"The new 2019 Honda Insight single 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", said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and genera manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Honda is wagering that an ordinary vehicle with 5 seats is the thing that the market needs.

Roomy and with the latest technology onboard, the 2019 Honda Insight aims to offer a premium compact experience above the best-selling Civic. There's no hybrid in this FC generation of Civic, so the new Insight will play that role. Its long wheelbase translates to roominess for the five passengers, according to Honda. The Insight's battery pack is located under the rear seats, allowing a full-size boot and 60/40 split folding. With the Insight, there is no tall tail or oven-door hatchback window as in the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, or Honda's own Clarity.

We do learn that inside the cabin, an 8-inch infotainment system and a 7-inch digital LCD will serve the driver and the front passenger, coupled with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi-based OTA system.

Honda Sensing suite includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure earning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.

Honda to debut 2019 Insight Prototype at North American International Auto Show
Honda to debut 2019 Insight Prototype at North American International Auto Show

A number of driver assistance and safety systems have been introduced into the new vehicle which include Honda LaneWatch and the Honda Sensing suite. In most driving conditions, the auto will drive on electric power alone, with the gasoline engine acting as a generator, just like in the Clarity PHEV-but without the plug-in option.

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

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. Total system power in the 4,100-lb. midsize Clarity is 212 hp. Most of the time, Honda says, the Insight will use the electric motor alone, relying on power from the batteries or, if they're depleted, starting up the gas engine to act as a mobile generator. No word yet on whether there will be a plug-in version. 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.

Launching this summer, the production version of the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid will be built in the company's appropriately named Greensburg, Indiana plant along with the Civic and CR-V.

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