• Allison McMillian

Honda promises 50 MPG or more in 2019

On Monday, March 26, 2018, Honda revealed a redesign for the Honda Insight. Although the car's formal debut has yet to take place at the 2018 New York auto show, a veiled prototype was shown at the January 2018 Detroit auto show, according to Fox News. The car will reach showrooms in the summer of 2019.

This is the third body style for the car. The original body style was a 3-door hatch. Then it turned into a 5-door hatch similar to the Prius. Now, the car is formed like a regular sedan. It looks like the 10th-generation Civic. The car has LED headlights, leather seating, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, and a Wi-Fi-enabled infotainment system. The car also includes driver aids such as automatic breaking and lane departure warning.

What makes this car so amazing is its 2-motor hybrid system. It puts out 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque. It uses a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine and electric motors to replace the transmission. The car even has a sport mode. If a customer drives conservatively, the car could reach a fuel economy of 50 mpg combined or better. The previous Insight only produced 41 mpg. The Hyundai Ioniq and the Toyota Prius produce 58 and 56 mpg.

The production of the car will be in Greensburg, Ind., in 2019. Prices have yet to be listed for the car but will be announced closer to the launch date.