Published on January 13th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Honda Insight Will Get The Latest Powertrain
This is the 2019 Insight and it comes ready with Honda’s latest two-motor hybrid system and multimode direct-drive transmission (the main e-motor drives the wheels through one ratio, and the engine begins to drive them via another at higher speeds).
It’s basically the same system found in the larger Accord Hybrid and Clarity PHEV. The Insight will get a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine like the Clarity’s, and the Accord gets the larger 2.0-liter Atkinson engine. But without the big battery that keeps the Clarity’s gas engine switched off for 47 miles, the Insight’s driving dynamics should feel more like the Accord’s, scaled for weight-to-power.