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Honda Insight hybrid ousts Civic Hybrid for upscale EV

12 January 2018

A "concept" for the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan will appear at the Detroit auto show that opens next week, debuting a new "premium compact" model that will sit between the compact Civic and mid-size Accord sedans.

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 the Insight will feature a long wheelbase to offer class-leading passenger space, so there should be plenty of room to bring friends and family along for the ride.

Inside the new Insight, there will be optional perforated leather seating. With the Insight, there is no tall tail or oven-door hatchback window as in the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, or Honda's own Clarity. That battery, by the way, will be located under the rear seats and won't rob the Insight of the ability to fold the rear seatbacks for longer cargo.

Inside, the Insight will be available with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and an onboard Wi-Fi connection that will enable over-the-air system updates. Honda says the Insight will operate exclusively under electric power in most situations, with the engine acting as a generator when necessary.

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A number of driver assistance and safety systems have been introduced into the new vehicle which include Honda LaneWatch and the Honda Sensing suite.

On the safety front, Insight will include Honda LaneWatch on EX and above and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.

In the larger and heavier Clarity Plug-In Hybrid mid-size sedan, the drive motor is rated at 135 kilowatts (181 horsepower) and 232 pound-feet of torque.

The Insight's 1.5-liter inline-4 that operates on the highly efficient Atkinson Cycle is paired with Honda's clever two-motor hybrid system, which substitutes entirely for a conventional transmission.

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The Honda Insight is back for a third generation, after being on hiatus since 2014.

Honda has released official details about its 2019 Insight hybrid ahead of its January 15th reveal.

The Insight will be manufactured at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside Civic and CR-V using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Insight hybrid ousts Civic Hybrid for upscale EV