Honda Insight Prototype To Premiere Next Week

Honda Insight Prototype To Premiere Next Week

The wheelbase and length of the new auto have grown over the previous Insight, although Honda hasn't yet specified the new car's dimensions. Those include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, and a new traffic-sign recognition feature that's been used on European cars for several years but is just making its way into mass-priced US vehicles. We'll get to take a closer look at the new Insight on January 15 in Detroit, when it bows at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, where we'll be bringing you all the new-model debuts straight from the exhibit floor - so check back often.

Inside, Honda is promising best-in-class passenger space, along with a more upscale cabin than most compact cars.

Available features include leather seats, a 60/40-split folding backseat, and an 8-inch Display Audio multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.

The Insight will be powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine in addition to an electric motor paired with a lithium-ion battery.

The brand new twin-motor auto revives the long-standing Insight name, with Honda aiming to slot the hybrid into its range above the Civic as a more premium compact option.

Honda is bringing back the Insight name a third time for a new dedicated hybrid that will arrive later this year.

The system has some big advantages over earlier hybrids.

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Oddly, Honda's LaneWatch system is used for the Insight, revealing what's in the car's right blind spot on the infotainment screen. That battery, by the way, will be located under the rear seats and won't rob the Insight of the ability to fold the rear seatbacks for longer cargo.

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.

Honda will release trim levels, features and options, specifications, and pricing for the 2019 Insight closer to its on-sale date sometime between July and December this year. Total system power in the 4,100-lb. midsize Clarity is 212 hp.

New hybrid fills the gap between Civic and Accord. Most important, though, is the economy, with Honda suggesting an EPA combined rating of more than 50 mpg, despite "class-leading power" from the Insight. No word yet on whether there will be a plug-in version. 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.

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.

The 2018 Insight will also be built in the USA, unlike the two previous generations, which were imported from Japan.

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