Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Honda Insight Launches in NY with 55 MPG City

Honda Insight Launches in NY with 55 MPG City

But now Honda is dropping a few more details on its reinvented hybrid, which will make its public debut at the NY auto show. The Insight moniker makes a return as a sedan now, filling the void created by the absence of a proper Civic Hybrid. The new model is a complete remake and is being positioned as a premium vehicle priced above the Civic and Accord models, Honda says.

Positioned as a premium compact sedan, the Insight will be priced between the Civic FC and Accord in Honda's passenger auto line-up.

The 2019 Honda Insight will be available in three trims: LX, EX and Touring.

The Insight has three driving modes: Normal, Econ and Sport.

The all-new Insight is powered by the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid system, featuring a highly efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, a powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack. Powering the Insight is a two-motor hybrid system which delivers a combined 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque.

Under most conditions, the setup operates as a "series hybrid" - rather than driving the wheels, that means the petrol engine feeds the lithium-ion battery pack or acts as a generator for the electric motor. Trust Hondas with good packaging - the hybrid batteries are located under the rear seats for a full-size 427 litres of boot space with available 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Honda says the Insight can drive for short distances of roughly a mile on electricity alone. The electric power steering is a variable-ratio dual-pinion deal and there's an electro-servo brake system, which combines regenerative braking with the normal mechanical brake system for better stopping performance.

The Insight shares its basic platform architecture with the highly-praised 10th-generation Civic. Being the more premium offering of the two, the Insight gets additional enhancements to further improve ride quality, cabin quietness and efficiency. Honda has also afixed an aluminum hood to reduce weight and has added additional sound deadening material to silence any ruckus entering the cabin.

The 2019 Honda Insight boasts a sleek sedan design with a low and wide stance highlighted by Honda's signature "flying wing" grille and bold front fascia, low-profile LED headlights and taillights, sharp and dynamic character lines and sweeping coupe-like roofline. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is also on the menu. The top-tier Touring trim has bigger wheels, rain-sensing wipers, heated leather seats, navigation and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. There are many safety and driver's assistance features such as Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collison Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and many others.

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