New 2019 Honda Insight is Here, and It is Stunning
The 2019 Honda Insight will offer at least 50 MPG, but the best aspect of this sleek prototype is that it doesn’t look like a Prius.
The 2019 Honda Insight Prototype made its debut this morning during the opening media day of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The mechanical details are extremely short and we didn’t get to see the interior, but the exterior design coupled with the promise of at least 50 miles-per-gallon are all that we need to get excited about this new Honda hybrid.
Not another Prius
The Toyota Prius is the best-selling hybrid in the world and since it was introduced, several automakers have attempted to mimic the Prius’ success by copying the exterior design. The wedge-shaped hatchback form worked out well for the Prius, so when the first and second generation of the Insight hybrid was introduced, Honda rolled out their own super-aerodynamic hatchbacks.
Unfortunately for Honda, neither of the previous cars to wear the Insight name sold very well and that may have played a part in the design of the 2019 Insight. Rather than another clunky five-door hatch, the new Insight is a traditional-looking four-door sedan with a bit of a fastback design, and it is gorgeous.
The Insight Prototype exterior
As you can see in the images here, the 2019 Honda Insight looks a great deal like a Civic or Accord sedan. Up front, the Insight has a sporty face with LED accent lighting, a chrome-trimmed grille and a heavy dose of gloss black trim.
Along the side, the Honda Insight Prototype has a slightly longer wheelbase than the Civic while being slightly smaller than the Accord. As a result, the Insight is labeled by the automaker as a premium compact and in addition to a touch of chrome around the windows, the Insight Prototype has a set of sporty blade-style wheels. Also, the new Insight has a long roofline that extends nearly to the rear of the car. There is a trunk lid, so this is not a hatchback, but rather a fastback sedan – sort of like a little Audi A7.
Out back, the new Honda hybrid has big LED taillights and a slightly higher trunk lid than the Accord. That area of the rear glass and the raised trunk lid might tip some people off to this being a hybrid, but in the long run, this sleek sedan is substantially more attractive than the wedge-shaped hybrid competitors.
1.5 Liters, 50 MPG
The Honda Insight on display at the Detroit Auto Show is a prototype, with the windows painted black so that we can’t see the interior (or lack there-of) and no real drivetrain details. We do know that it will be powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine that is promised to deliver at least 50 miles per gallon. This is a significant improvement from the 41 MPG rating of the previous Insight.
We don’t know what kind of power this engine will offer, but Honda representatives have stated that in most cases, the 1.5-liter engine will serve as more of a generator to charge the battery pack of the electric-drive system.
Full information on the 2019 Honda Insight will be available later this year, closer to when it is slated to hit dealerships around the country. The new hybrid will be built in Greensburg, Indiana, alongside the Civic and the CR-V.