Honda’s industry-leading two-motor hybrid powertrain returns as next phase of electrification initiative
Before its world debut on Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Honda gives the first images of the all-new Insight Prototype, which elevates itself above other compact hybrid models with its sleek sedan design, roomy five-passenger cabin, and refined driving performance, along with high fuel efficiency.
The new 2019 Honda Insight Prototype marks the brand’s new era of electrification, offering customers the benefits of advanced powertrain technology without the traditional trade-offs in design, premium features or packaging.
With styling that has a universal appeal inside and out, the Honda Insight Prototype boasts of a sleek design with a low and wide stance, highlighted by Honda's signature "flying wing" grille and bold fascia, low-profile LED headlights and taillights married to sharp and dynamic character lines and a sweeping, long coupe-like roofline.
Its long wheelbase platform will give the 2019 Honda Insight Prototype a class-leading passenger space and a host of premium features such as perforated leather seating, an 8-inch Display Audio capacitive touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7-inch digital LCD driver’s meter. It also has Wi-Fi enabled over-the-air system updates, which further enhance the Insight over its compact hybrid competitors.
Powering the model will be a version of the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid system that has a highly efficient 1.5 liter Atkinson cycle engine, an electric propulsion motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. In most conditions, Insight operates on electric power only, drawing energy from the engine (operating as a generator) or battery pack. The hybrid batteries located under the rear seats provide for a full-size trunk with the flexibility of available 60/40 split and folding rear seats.
As for the safety features, the 2019 Honda Insight Prototype will include Honda LaneWatch on EX and above variants, and Honda Sensing. Other driver-assistive technologies include collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and new traffic sign recognition.