The Honda Insight is officially back and this time the for the third generation, the 2019 Insight arrives with as a stylish sedan, which will hopefully help us forget about the disappointing last generation. The 2019 Honda Insight was previewed as a prototype a few months ago in Detroit and now Honda is showing off the production model at this week’s New York Auto Show.
The 2019 Honda Insight looks almost identical to the prototype that we saw a few months ago, with the major changes being a new grille and slight changes to the rear. The 2019 Insight shares its platform with the Civic and Accord and Honda is actually positioning it between its two mainstream sedans. The big news is that Honda is ready to share some of the 2019 Insight’s stats including details about its 151-hp two-motor hybrid system and 55 mpg in the city rating. The hybrid powertrain also generates 197 lb-ft. of torque and unlike a traditional hybrid, the Insight’s powertrain does without a traditional automatic transmission, since the electric motor sends the power to the wheels.
The Insight has three driving modes: Normal, Econ and Sport. There are steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors to choose among three levels of regenerative braking performance and in normal mode, the Insight is capable of all-electric driving for short distances of roughly a mile.
The 2019 Honda Insight will be available in three trims: LX, EX and Touring. It comes standard with full LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, push-button start, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Pandora compatibility and a folding rear seat. The Insight EX adds Smart Entry, two additional audio speakers, SiriusXM radio and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen.
The Insight Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, a power moonroof, LED side-mirror turn signals, perforated leather seating, heated front seats with 8-way power adjustment for the driver and 4-way power for the passenger, dual-zone climate control, a navigation system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot capability, and a 10-speaker audio system.
On the safety front the 2019 Insight comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Forward Collison Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. The Insight EX and Touring trims will also come equipped with Honda LaneWatch, and all trims will have a multi-angle rearview camera.
The 2019 Honda Insight will arrive in showrooms this summer.