Honda Insight Prototype Detailed, Gets Over 50MPG

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As the company freely admits, the Insight Prototype - which will be officially unveiled at next week's Detroit Motor Show - previews a brand new saloon that will go on sale next year.

Launching this summer, the production version of the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid will be built in the company's appropriately named Greensburg, Indiana plant along with the Civic and CR-V. It will slot in between the Civic and Accord in Honda's lineup and offer room for up to five passengers.

Any new hybrid auto from one of the pioneers of hybrid-electric vehicles is notable, and that's what Honda has delivered.

Roomy and with the latest technology onboard, the 2019 Honda Insight aims to offer a premium compact experience above the best-selling Civic.

. Honda says that in most driving conditions the Insight will operate using its electric motor, using the 1.5-liter engine as a generator or drawing juice from the battery.

The hybrid will be powered by a third-generation two motor hybrid system which features an 1.5-litre Atkinson petrol engine, electric propulsion motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Arriving later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle launched by Honda over the past year, Insight will join the Clarity series (Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid) and the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid, arriving at dealerships nationwide early this year. The previous Insight could only muster 41 mpg while popular hybrids like the Hyundai Ioniq and Toyota Prius return 58 and 56 mpg, respectively. It was very much a two-seat vehicle and it featured tapered rear wheel arches. In fact, it looks much better than the Honda Civic with which it shares many of its underpinnings.

It will be a slightly smaller hybrid four-door sedan than the Accord Hybrid, new for 2018, for which fuel-economy ratings haven't yet been released.

Oddly, Honda's LaneWatch system is used for the Insight, revealing what's in the car's right blind spot on the infotainment screen. Compared to the first two generations, the biggest change this time is that the Insight will be a sedan. The standard suite of Honda Sensing safety gear should position it at the head of the class in that area, as well.

On EX and higher trims, the Insight will come standard with the Honda Sensing group of safety technologies, including adaptive cruise control with low-speed following capability, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, Road Departure Mitigation (which helps keep the auto on the road), and traffic sign recognition capability. Pricing, final specifications and ratings, and trim details and features are only likely to appear a few weeks before it becomes available.