Offering a whopping 55 mpg in city driving, Honda introduced a new hybrid Insight at the New York International Auto Show this week.
The premium compact sedan is priced between the Civic and Accord in Honda's passenger car lineup. Honda says it's the fifth electrified vehicle the company has introduced over the last year. The new Insight is expected to be at Honda dealerships nationally in early summer.
To produce the eye-popping city fuel economy, the Insight features Honda's two-motor hybrid system that includes a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, an electric propulsion motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The Insight operates as a series hybrid where the gasoline engine connected to the generator motor produces electricity that is supplied to either the electric propulsion motor and/or the battery pack. Total system output is 151 horsepower and 197 pound-foot of electric motor torque.
Using the paddles on the steering wheel, drivers can select between three levels of regenerative braking performance. While driving on the highway, a lock-up clutch connects the engine to the drive axles for the greatest efficiency.
While the Insight shares the same chassis with the Civic, it boasts about 1.5 inches of legroom and more trunk space than the Civic. The Insight has seating for five.
The Insight will come standard with Honda Sensing that includes forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. The model will be available in three trims and Honda is making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration available.
The Insight will be manufactured at Honda's plantin Greensburg, Indiana, with the hydrid battery assembled in nearby Ohio.