• Jul 16th 2008 at 9:21PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the new Honda Hybrid

Honda has acknowledged that not having an instantly-recognizable hybrid-only model since the demise of the Insight (still modern-looking today) has taken a toll. While the company offers the Civic Hybrid, that car lacks the green cachet that Toyota has very successfully cultivated with the Prius. So, Honda made no secret that a new hybrid-exclusive model was coming, and wouldn't you know -- it's very reminiscent of the Prius!

The spies at KGP snagged the car out testing, but there's no denying that its teardrop shape brings Toyota's car to mind. We assume this is the result of Honda going for the most aerodynamic shape possible, which resulted in a profile that can't help but be similar to the Prius. A look at the FCX Clarity shows that Honda's new weapon shares much with its big brother, too. In front, the grille slats solidly carry the family resemblance forward from the new fuel-cell car, and when the new hybrid is ultimately shown without the cladding and cover-ups, we have a feeling that it'll look a bit like a downsized Clarity. The Toyota Prius is a major success story, and Honda wants a piece of that action. You know the saying: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And so, it appears, they are.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a joke, right?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Honda is coming with a Prius competitor a little late. Although i personally think that the spy photos are from a Prius facelift, since the resemblance is stunning.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Everyone needs to familiarize themselves with this term:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kammback

      That's why they look so much alike.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like a Prius to me.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The pics are a PRIUS, not some Honda test machine.. yeesh. How can anyone believe that's a honda? Look at the back window, look at the front logo that's covered up... I don't know what the funky black crap is that's all over, but that's definitely NOT a Honda!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Personally, I don't really care what the car looks like as long as it gets 48-52 mpg. That is the point, isn't it? Ask just about anyone who owns a Prius why they bought it and they won't say "Oh, I just LOVE the way this car looks!" The first thing that pops out is "Because of the great gas milage" and then environmental concerns. I didn't especially like the way my Prius looked at first but once I'm inside, I don't see the car anyway.The auto industry is changing rapidly. People will buy what saves money as gas prices soar; hybrids and alternate fuel cars ARE the future. And as an incentive in CT ... no sales tax on cars that get over 40 mpg!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very disappointing indeed...even the concept for the new Prius is better looking than this.

      Obviously this is in camouflage but still...the overall shape is very dull. The rear overhang is just awful and the whole thing looks more reminiscent to the butt-ugly Benz R class POS.

      Come on Honda..all those concept cars and this is the best you can muster up? A hybrid of a Clarity, Benz, and a Pruis?

      • 7 Years Ago
      I suspect this is either a) a prius body with Honda drivetrain (and a few Honda body pieces) or actually a Prius they are testing with a few Honda body pieces to disguise what they are doing. Perhaps to do some side-by-side comparisons with the other vehicles in the pictures.

      Sorry, even the wheel covers look like my Prius wheels.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I've never seen a prius with 4 lug wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Folks, it's a test mule that's "disguised as a Prius". No company would copy the Prius exterior on purpose.
      • 8 Months Ago
      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE offer this hybrid with a manual like the original insight. And keep it under $20k and this will be my next car.
      tightwaddog
      • 8 Months Ago

      i think this car looks noticeably nicer than the prius.
      the tail looks like it would have a slightly higher drag
      coefficient than the prius but i like the energetic sporty
      look it gives the car. give it a nice custom grill and
      decent front and rear light treatments and it should
      sell on looks alone. i hope it comes with a nice
      stance also. strikes me as almost italian in its sense of
      liveliness, at least in the picture i see.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Who cares what it looks like. I just want the fuel economy!! Wish there was a PHEV that can go on the battery for 100+ miles out now!
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