Honda has announced a new-generation Honda Insight hybrid for the Japanese market. Sales start at the end of this year.
A production version of the third-generation Insight debuted in March 2018 at the New York Auto Show. It turned to a coupe-like sedan from a hatchback in style of the previous Toyota Prius.
The model entered the North American market in summer: in the USA, Canada and Mexico they sell four-door cars assembled at the Honda plant in Indiana.
First the Honda Insight was designed just for North America. Now we know the hybrid will go on sale in Japan and, may be, other markets.
Domestic sales start in December. The Japanese version got a different grille and a spoiler on the trunk lid. Apart from the location of the steering wheel, no charges will likely be in the interior.
Technical details about the new car for Japan have not been unveiled yet. Probably, the technical part is the same as that of the American version.
The i-MMD powertrain includes Atkinson-circle petrol aspirated 1.5-liter engine and two electric motors, the first is connected to ICE as a generator, the second rotates the front wheels.
A lithium-ion battery is mounted under the rear seat. The combined power of the American version is 153 hp (267 Nm), declared fuel consumption is 4.3 l / 100 km (urban cycle). The electric driving range is just 1.6 km.
Right-hand drive Insight will be produced in Japan. The price has not been announced yet.
By the way, the third-generation Insight is actually a hybrid version of the latest Honda Civic. Their wheelbase is the same – 2,700 mm. The four-door Civic in Japan will cost from 2,650,320 yen ($23,200). The hybrid version, of course, will be more expensive.