Ahead of the Insight’s official debut at NAIAS, Honda reveals some more tech specs. Thus, the model’s hybrid system will couple a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.
The company states that the Insight will operate “solely under electric power in most situations”, eventually using the engine as a generator.
In fact, the model paves the way to the new 2019 Insight, as reported. It is the third generation of the hybrid pioneer and features the latest generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system also used in the Accord Hybrid. Production location is going to be in Greensburg, Indiana, and sales are going to start later this year.
Once out, it will be the third hybrid for Honda as it joins the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and 2018 Accord Hybrid. The Insight however, was ahead of its time when it debuted in 1999, as it was the first commercially available hybrid vehicle in the States and the first Honda equipped with the carmaker’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system.