We caught wind of the all-new Honda Insight in January when Honda released a prototype of the upcoming hybrid. Now, at the 2018 New York Auto Show, Honda has officially released the new hybrid sedan.
In terms of appearance, the Insight prototype was pretty spot on. Save for a few very minor stylistic differences, the production Insight is identical to earlier rendition, including its distinct Accord-like front end. The only differences I could spot were its taillight graphics. Even the interior, which is often exaggerated in prototypes, is virtually identical.
Speaking of the interior, this space will be quite roomy with up to 37.4 inches of rear seat legroom and 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up. Buyers will also be treated to a standard 7-inch driver’s meter, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, and more. The midrange EX trim will add upscale features like an 8-inch infotainment screen and an eight-speaker sound system.
Under its hood, the 2019 Honda Insight will come with a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor that will combine for 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque. The Insight will have three driving modes — Normal, Econ, and Sport — and the latter is sure to be better than some may expect with its nearly 200 pound-feet of launching force. Fuel economy is still not available yet, but when it showed the prototype, Honda announced an expected fuel-economy rating in the 50-mpg range.
Finally, Honda Sensing, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, road-departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and more will be standard.
There is no mention of when the 2019 Insight will hit showrooms, but we should learn more soon. Stay tuned.