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2019 Honda Insight: Preview, Pricing, Release Date & Photos

, Automotive Editor - February 22, 2018
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Model Preview

After 15 years, Honda put the Insight hybrid out to pasture following the 2014 model year. Now, Honda has just announced that the Insight will return for 2019 in an oddly familiar look.

You read that right: The Insight will return for the 2019 model year. With this announcement also came a prototype model at the Detroit Auto Show, which gave us an idea of the styling direction Honda is taking with this hybrid.

Interestingly enough, this prototype makes it clear that the 2019 Insight will essentially be a hybrid version of the 10th-generation Civic -- its similarities to the Civic are too obvious to overlook. So, this means the Civic Hybrid will remain dead.

Inside, Honda expects the 2019 Insight to deliver class-leading space and loads of premium features like perforated leather seating, an 8-inch touchscreen, and a 7-inch instrument display. Honda also says it’ll boast Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and over-the-air update capabilities.

Honda Insight Prototype

Powering the 2019 Insight will be a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that will act as a generator for an electric motor. There will also be a small lithium-ion battery to allow a mile or so of low-speed EV driving. Though it doesn’t have much EV range, the engine being a generator means the Insight will mostly use the electric motor for propulsion. Honda expects more than 50 miles per gallon from the Insight, putting it on par with industry leaders.

Official IIHS safety ratings are way down the line, but if it is indeed related to the new Civic, we expect the 2019 Insight to receive “Good” crash-test scores across the board. What keeps the Civic down is its “Poor” headlight rating, but Honda could fix this issue on the Insight.

We do know that Honda will load up the new Insight with all the latest safety technology like Honda LaneWatch, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official release date for the 2019 Insight, but Honda does expect it in showrooms later in 2018.

Pricing also remains unknown, but we expect pricing to be a good bit higher than the Civic’s MSRP, which ranges from $20,530 to $27,590 (destination fees included), sans the Sport and Type R models.

The Insights key competitors will include the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.

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Pictured: Honda Insight Prototype

Honda Insight Prototype

Honda Insight Prototype

Honda Insight Prototype

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