The all-new, production version of the 2019 Honda Insight has been officially unveiled, providing a first look at the latest entry in Honda’s expanding lineup of electrified vehicles.
Positioned and priced between the Civic and Accord in Honda’s passenger car lineup, the Insight is powered by the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system with a combined power output of 113kW and 267Nm of torque, promising best power-to-weight ratio in its class.
Design and Packaging
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.
Inside, the new Insight features premium cabin appointments including a soft-touch instrument panel with real stitching, ergonomically sculpted seats, a 7-inch TFT color digital driver’s meter, available heated and leather-trimmed seating and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Body and Chassis
The Insight shares its basic platform architecture with the 10th-generation Civic. In keeping with its environmentally friendly character, the Insight gets numerous engineering enhancements to further improve ride quality, cabin quietness and efficiency. The body features Honda’s Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. An aluminum bonnet, unique to Insight, reduces weight, while additional sound insulation in the engine bay, front fenders, front firewall, and front and rear floor further aids cabin quietness.
Utilising a fully-independent suspension system – Macpherson strut front and multi-link rear – with liquid-sealing compliance bushings at both ends, the Insight promises class leading ride quality and refinement. Like Civic, the Insight also features variable-ratio dual-pinion electric power steering. Stopping performance is provided by an electro-servo brake system, which seamlessly combines efficient regenerative braking and mechanical (friction) braking.
Honda’s two-motor hybrid system powers the Insight with a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine combined with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Under most conditions, the Insight operates as a series hybrid, in which the gasoline engine, connected to the generator motor, produces electricity that is supplied to either the electric propulsion motor and/or the 60-cell lithium-ion battery pack.
The Insight features three selectable driving modes – NORMAL, ECON, and SPORT – allowing drivers to customise their experience by maximising efficiency or driving performance. Additionally, all Insights have steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors to choose among three levels of regenerative braking performance, depending on driving conditions.
The 2019 Honda Insight will include the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, which includes Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition.