The 2019 Honda Insight Is Coming

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The prototype 2019 Honda Insight will be at the 2018  Detroit Auto Show.

Back in 1999, Honda launched their first-generation of the Insight. Although it never gained the mass market hybrid appeal of the Toyota Prius, it’s easy to forget the Insight landed on American roads first. It’s also worth remembering that it was actually way ahead of its time. The Prius has become the standard in hybrid cars but, even now, the 1st generation Insight is one of the most fuel-efficient cars you can own. 70 highway mpg per US gallon is still a very high number. It wasn’t until 2015 that the 2016 Toyota Prius Eco actually topped that number.

The Prius overtaking the Insight to dominate the hybrid market was, ultimately, down to the complete lack of marketing by Honda. This time it should be a different story as Honda already have their Honda Electrification Initiative underway.

2019 Honda Insight

The 2019 Honda Insight will be using the 2-motor hybrid system already used in the 2018 Accord Hybrid and the Clarity Hybrid. We don’t have any hard numbers yet, but Honda tells us:

“With its sophisticated styling, dynamic stance, ample interior space and best-in-class performance, the all-new Insight embodies Honda’s approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical tradeoffs. You won’t have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight – it’s a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the hood.”

Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Production of the new Insight will be alongside the Civic and CR-V in Greensburg, Indiana. We expect fuel economy and pricing to be announced closer to the market launch next year.

Honda Insight Prototype
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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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