Honda may be adding a new model to its hybrid lineup

By Product Expert | Posted in Honda Insight on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 2:52 pm

What kind of car is the 2019 Honda Insight?

As a model, the Honda Insight isn’t new to the automaker or to Matt Castrucci Honda. The first Honda Insight was available in dealerships around the country as far back as 1999. It was punctuated by incredible fuel economy scores and a highly aerodynamic exterior. Some 20 years later, the manufacturer is exploring the possibility of bringing it back. So, what kind of car is the 2019 Honda Insight? A high-altitude view of the prototype reveals a five-passenger, four-door sedan but Honda appears to be positioning the 2019 Insight to be much more than that. As of right now, it appears the Honda Insight is still in the early stages of development, so the Matt Castrucci Honda Blog is not able to confirm when – or if – it will be coming to our dealership.

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“The new 2019 Honda Insight signals 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,” Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. said in a press release. “The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume.”

A front left quarter photo of the 2019 Honda Insight Prototype.
A rear left quarter/profile photo of the 2019 Honda Insight Prototype

At first blush, the 2019 Honda Insight prototype may resemble the Accord sedan. It has a sleek design and the iconic “flying wing” grille from Honda. But it’s what is under the hood that really makes the 2019 Insight prototype so different.

Efficiency expectations

The 2019 Honda Insight prototype will set itself apart from other sedans by having a pair of electric motors to assist the gasoline-powered engine. It will still have a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, as well as a lithium-ion battery pack. Honda has solved a common problem in the hybrid sedan class of compromised trunk space by shifting the location of the battery packs. The 2019 Insight prototype reportedly still offers plenty of trunk space as well as a 60/40 fold-down back seat that increases storage capacity.

Stay tuned to the Matt Castrucci Blog for more updates about the 2019 Honda Insight prototype. If you don’t want to wait to see if the hybrid sedan comes to our showroom, stop by and see what hybrid options we have for sale or lease right now.

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