2019 Honda Insight Prototype Detailed, Gets Over 50MPG

Honda’s hybrid history started with the Insight in the late 1990s, which beat the Toyota Prius to the U.S. market by a few months and was originally rated at 70 mpg by the EPA. The Insight transformed from a tiny, teardrop-shaped two-door in its first generation to a Prius-shaped four-door in its second generation before being scuttled due to poor sales in 2014. Now returning for a third iteration, the Insight is taking its most conventional form yet. Looking much like a warmed over 10th-generation Civic sedan with the face of an Accord, the Insight will arrive in summer 2018 as a dedicated hybrid model powered by Honda’s two-motor gasoline-electric drivetrain.

This new model seems poised to take the place of the Civic hybrid, which was dropped from the lineup with the compact car’s latest redesign. Given that its side surfacing and overall proportions make it look remarkably similar to the Civic sedan, we’re betting that the Insight uses the same front-wheel-drive platform.

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For now, Honda is not sharing many details about the Insight, which is being shown in “prototype” form. Nonetheless, in the company’s usual fashion, it looks basically ready for production. Honda is even showing sketches of the full interior, which looks a tad more upscale than the Civic’s thanks to a nicer digital gauge cluster, a larger central touchscreen with volume knob, and the push-button shifter found in several other Honda products, including the Accord 2.0T and the Odyssey.

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We do know the Insight will use a version of the two-motor hybrid system used in the latest Accord hybrid. Given that the Insight is smaller than the Accord hybrid and could get by with less than that car’s 212 total horsepower, it might use a smaller-displacement gasoline engine than the Accord’s 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder. Expectations for fuel economy are high, as the larger Accord is targeting 50 mpg combined from the EPA, and the Insight will be chasing after the Toyota Prius (which gets up to 56 mpg combined) and the Hyundai Ioniq (rated at up to 58 mpg).

We expect that the 2019 Insight will be priced a bit higher than the Civic, likely starting in the low to mid $20,000 range.

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