The 2018 Honda Insight has been revealed in production form ahead of the New York motor show with a hybrid powertrain.
Following the reveal of a pre-production prototype at the Detroit motor show earlier this year, the Insight will be displayed in New York in final production form. The hybrid powertrain, also set for use in the 2018 CR-V hybrid that is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in August, is predicted to join the Civic's engine option list, adding to the existing diesel and petrol options. In the Insight, it offers 155bhp and, according to US tests, up to 55mpg in urban environments.
Internationally, Honda's Insight is its direct answer to the Toyota Prius. It uses a more conventional saloon shape than its high-reared predecessor, with the front adopting Honda’s aggressive new styling theme, gaining a metallic strip running the full width, tying in with Honda’s other models. The wheelbase and length of the new car have grown over the previous Insight. The former, now 2700mm, is claimed to give the car class-leading legroom.
Inside, the car has an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system and a 7.0in LCD display behind the steering wheel. It’ll feature smartphone-mimicking customisation of the interface and applications, as well as the ability to update software over-the-air via wi-fi.
There is no news on Honda bringing the Insight to India anytime soon.