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Do you remember the first hybrid vehicle that was launched on the North-American market? It was actually the Honda Insight, which predated the Toyota Prius by seven months back in 1999. At the time, this little coupe was one of the most advanced vehicles on the road, pairing a fuel-efficient engine with an electric powertrain and a very slippery body that carved through the air like a knife.

After a hiatus of a few years, the Insight name is back in Honda’s lineup. At the Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese automaker unveiled the 2019 Insight prototype, which will arrive in production guise in the summer of 2018.

 

So what’s new? First of all, the new Insight is based on the platform of the tenth-generation Civic. Seeing as the Hybrid variant of Honda’s compact was dropped when the car was redesigned, this may very well replace it.

To power the 2019 Insight, Honda chose to use a version of the current Accord Hybrid’s powertrain. The gasoline engine hasn’t been officially shown, but we can speculate that the 2.0-litre that sits under the Accord’s hood will be replaced with something smaller since the Insight likely won’t need as much power to move around. The lithium-ion battery pack sits under the back seat, giving the cargo area more room.

 

While Honda showed this car as a prototype, the interior looks production-ready. The dashboard is reminiscent of current products like the Civic and the Accord, but features upscale technologies like an 8.0-inch touchscreen (with volume knobs, showing that Honda is listening to its customers!), a digital dashboard and the shift buttons that are used on the Odyssey and Ridgeline. Lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking are on the standard equipment list, while Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot-camera system is offered on EX trim and those above. Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility will come standard, and the operating system of the Insight will even update itself autonomously via Wi-Fi.

 

Honda has high hopes for the Insight; official numbers are not out yet, but the hybrid should post consumption ratings of more than 50 mpg (or less 4.7-litres per 100 km).

The 2019 Honda Insight will be eagerly awaited by both hybrid vehicle fans and regular buyers who wish for a vehicle that offers comfort features and will save them money at the fuel pump.

Honda has high hopes for the Insight; official numbers are not out yet, but the hybrid should post consumption ratings of more than 50 mpg (or less 4.7-litres per 100 km).

The 2019 Honda Insight will be eagerly awaited by both hybrid vehicle fans and regular buyers who wish for a vehicle that offers comfort features and will save them money at the fuel pump