The 2018 Honda Insight has been revealed in prototype form at the Detroit motor show. It is powered by the same hybrid powertrain as the 2018 CR-V hybrid, which is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in August.
The new Toyota Prius rival takes a more conventional saloon shape than its high-reared predecessor. The front will adopt Honda’s aggressive new styling theme, with a metallic strip running the full width, tying in with Honda’s other US-market models.
The wheelbase and length of the new car have grown over the previous Insight, although Honda hasn’t yet specified the new car’s dimensions – the car on show in Detroit is only a pre-production prototype.
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Honda’s US boss, Henio Arcangeli said:
“Where previous hybrids have been compromised by their electrification, the new Insight will be a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the hood. The all-new Insight embodies Honda’s approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical trade-offs.”
Inside, the car has an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 7.0 inch LCD display behind the steering wheel. It’ll feature smartphone-mimicking customization of the interface and applications, as well as the ability to update software over-the-air via wi-fi.