• Jul 16th 2008 at 7:23PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of Honda's new hybrid.

Honda's oft-discussed, yet never spied Prius-fighter has been caught by the merry minions at KGP. A parade of three cars were shot in the desert, including the prototype you see above, a facelifted Civic Hybrid and the new model's arch rival, the Toyota Prius.

While the cloaked mule's shape could be easily mistaken as a Prius, the two-tier instrument cluster is a dead giveaway of the prototype's Honda origins. The nose is notably lower than its Toyota competition and although the hatch is an obvious rip on the Prius' aerodynamic rear, the fenders have a discernibly steeper angle, along with a trunk lid sporting a small spoiler.

The unnamed hybrid from Honda will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year, and will adopt many of the design cues found on the big H's hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity sedan.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Too bad the White Prius wasn't in the 4th picture. Nice comparison could have been had.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you look at the Clarity you can see the likeness in the front end behind all the masking. Check out the masked door handles and the rearend has alot of cladding around tail lights and rear spoiler. Yeah it very much looks like a Clarity. All cars will look the same in a few years. aero-dynamics will dictate the shape.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a split down the middle between those who believe that this is a Honda that will look nearly identical to a Prius and those who think that the cameo is hiding the true shape.

      To those who think that the most aerodynamic 4 passenger design has to mimic the Prius you may want to look a bit closer at the rather unusual Mercedes 'Boxfish' concept vehicle (Cd 0.19). So, yes, there is room (aerodynamically speaking) for Honda to take a somewhat different design path and still produce a very slippery, yet practical design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm laughing while reading all the comments so far. Do any of you realize the whole point of the camo WAS to make it look like a Prius so people didn't give it a second thought. That is by no means the real shape of the car. With camo a skilled person can make a coup look like a sedan and a sedan like a wagon. Don't trust your eyes on this one. Remember that Mercedes that was camoed to look like a Viper? Same stuff here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or they actually used a Prius shell for the same reason.
        • 7 Years Ago
        *coupe
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they are so concerned w/ aerodynamics, why dont they add wheel covers(rear) or flat rims. I could possibly understand some issues that it might have w/ the brakes. Insight managed to do it. I bet those mirrors could use some working too. Lower it a bit, add a flat undertray(if it isnt already there), get some low resistance tires and you got yourself some nice mileage

      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares what you guys think of this car, It will sell just as well as the Prius that most of you hate. I'm sure most on here aren't going to purchase this car anyway. This car will take styling points from both the Honda Clarity and Prius. GM is going to do the same thing with its other Volt version.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wont this be hilarious if it was actually a prius and toyota just made everyone think that its a honda?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks fatter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front looks like the front of a civic sedan?

      I think it's going to look uglier than the prius.. if they are using that front end. Usually Honda has better designs than toyota... except with the new pilot....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe it's a test mule that's "disguised as a Prius". No company would copy the Prius exterior on purpose.
      • 7 Years Ago
      with the way the ridgeline and pilot are looking, id actually prefer it to look like a prius!
      • 7 Years Ago
      when was it determined that all high mileage hybrids have to look like eggs? The Prius is seriously ugly. I figured the only reason it got away with that look was because it got good gas mileage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        when was it determined that all high mileage hybrids have to look like eggs?

        When they discovered the laws Aerodynamics? :D

        Now if you want a low mileage hybrid...
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