Honda’s all-new 2019 Insight made its global production debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, providing a first look at the latest entry in Honda’s expanding lineup of electrified vehicles. The new Insight joins the Clarity series and just-launched 2018 Accord Hybrid as the fifth new Honda electrified vehicle introduced over the past year.
As a premium compact sedan, Insight is positioned and priced between Civic and Accord in Honda’s passenger car lineup. The Insight is unique in providing universally appealing styling, with the packaging and refinement of a premium compact sedan and fuel efficiency competitive with leading hatchback hybrid models. Powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative and efficient two-motor hybrid system, Insight’s 151 net system horsepower combines with a lightweight structure to deliver the best power-to-weight ratio in its class as well as up to 23.38km per litre in the city.
The Insight shares its basic platform architecture with the highly praised 10th-generation Civic. The Insight’s new chassis is designed to provide a highly refined, confident and composed driving experience.
The all-new Insight is powered by the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, featuring a highly efficient 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle engine, a powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 151hp and 267Nm of electric motor torque.
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) which allow 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. In normal mode, the Insight is capable of all-electric driving for short distances of roughly 1.6 kilometres.
Singapore had around 20,000 hybrid passenger cars and about 4000 hybrid taxis at the end of 2017.