Honda is all set to launch the revised version of its hybrid car, the Honda Insight during the Frankfurt Motor Show to be held next week in Germany. Introduced in the year 2009 as the competitor for the Toyota’s hybrid car the Toyota Prius, Honda made the Insight as a cost effective hybrid car which offered some 40+ miles per gallon for less than $20,000. This was $2000 less the Toyota Prius. The updated model to be showcased will be having an efficient drive train as well as better styling.
Honda Insight uses a shape that’s becoming common these days for hybrid and electric vehicles. The vehicle is a five door hatchback having a front that’s smooth and tail with abrupt height. Honda Insight though it looks similar to the Toyota Prius, many of the auto critics prefer the Insight when it comes to the exterior look. The front looks strong & lean with the projector kind of beam headlamp which is really eye catching. Similarly the LED brake lights at the rear complete the look for the vehicle.
The interior of the Honda Insight despite of being on a small platform looks spacious, airy and futuristic. Just like the Honda Civic the Insight has a lot of space in the front and also has a multi level dash board. The car has five seats and offers a 60/40 split fold. While driving one doesn’t have to search for all the required information, because as part of the two-tier instrument panel, the Honda Insight is equipped with a sophisticated Multi-Information Display (MID) that provides information on the fuel consumed, temperature and other essential things. The MID is also used as a part of Eco Assist System for better efficiency.
The Honda Insight carries a 1.3 liter 4 cylinder engine which generates some 98hp and a torque of 123 lb-ft. Although it looks small for a five seater vehicle, the engine is coupled to a Continuously Variable transmission (CVT) which helps the vehicle to operate at the most efficient range. This transmission system removes the necessity of gears and thus uses electronics to help get the transmission up or down. However the EX model of the Honda Insight offers paddle shifters that’s mounted behind the steering wheel and gives the driver a seven-speed gearbox experience.
Honda Insight hybrid car is provided with Honda’s fifth generation Integrated Motor Assist system (IMA). This system which is an electric motor is powered by a flat nickel metal hydride battery pack and produces some 10 kilowatts (13hp) of power. It is placed between the engine and the transmission below the cargo floor. The battery provided with the system can hold 0.58 Kw-hr of energy. This battery in the Insight can be recharged using both the spare engine power and the power available through the regenerative braking.
The Honda Insight will be available in two standard versions, the Insight LX and the Insight EX. The Insight LX will price starting from $19,900 whereas the price of the Insight EX will start from $21,490.