Honda's 2019 Insight gasoline-electric hybrid should achieve 55 miles per gallon in city driving, when it arrives at dealer lots this summer, Honda announced. The automaker will debut the vehicle at the New York International Auto Show this week.
The 2019 Insight pairs a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, electric motor, and 60-cell lithium-ion battery back. The two-motor system makes 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle can drive on all-electric power for about 1 mile.
Three selectable driving modes include Normal, Econ, and Sport. Drivers can use steering-wheel-mounted deceleration selectors to choose among the three levels of regenerative braking performance.
The hybrid doesn't need an automatic transmission because the electric propulsion motor powers the drive axles. At higher speeds, a lock-up clutch connects the engine to the drive axles.
Honda is reviving the Insight nameplate that it used for the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid in the U.S. Honda discontinued the vehicle in 2014.