• Dec 29, 2008
Click above for more shots of the leaked 2009 Honda Insight brochure

As is so often the case these days, some early details regarding Honda's upcoming Prius-fighter have leaked out before the hybrid's official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show. Included among the surprises is a Modulo-trimmed Insight featuring a full set of body mods from Honda's accessory catalog in Japan. We can't be sure if any of those bits will come Stateside (we're not betting on it), but it wouldn't be surprising if we got three trim levels similar to what's slated to be available in Honda's home market of Japan. We could get a base DX trim along with an up-level LX edition and a sportier EX model with such tasty bits as a paddle-shifted CVT automatic transmission and navigation system with 7-inch screen.

With just 88 horses underhood along with an additional 14 from the hybrid's electric motor, don't expect the Insight to be a tire scorching performer, as its true calling with be in delivering the best fuel economy possible. In Japanese testing, the Insight has scored over 70 miles-per-gallon, which may be lower than what the Prius was able to register, but the Insight is also expected to cost several thousand dollars less than its rival.


[Sources: Temple of VTec, Insightman via Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm anxious to see this in a few weeks. I liked Honda's CR-Z concept at the last show. I'm hoping it's at least somewhat comparable to the old Insight, if not better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car deserves nicer rims than the stock ones; it actually looks quite sporty in the Modulo trim. Without them, it looks so dowdy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rather unnecessary I think. The whole point of having a hybrid car (in most cases) is to have good fuel economy, looking sporty isn't exactly a priority for a car like this. They could be better off making an aero kit or further improving the aerodynamics to improve the fuel consumption more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      CR-Z please?
        • 6 Years Ago
        What he said. The CR-Z is a genuinely sporty lookin' hybrid. I bet it could get 50 mpg w/ their off the shelf components. PLEASE Honda!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never noticed the Chevy Impala taillights on the new Insight. For comparison:
      http://cars.about.com/od/chevrolet/ig/2007-Chevrolet-Impala-gallery/2007-Chevrolet-Impala-rear-vw.htm
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really, Ryan. The most distinctive features of both the Impala and the new Insight's taillights are the band of white at the bottom, aligned with the strip of chrome trim across the base of the trunklid, and the angular (not rounded) corners. The previous Insight had none of these features.

        Not that I think Honda's committed any terrible crime here, it's just an interesting resemblance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The taillights are actually similar to that on the first generation Honda Insight, which appeared before the Impala model you linked.

        http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/jc/images/01insight_1.jpg


      • 6 Years Ago
      This aint leakage, I picked up this brochure at my local honda dealer here in JP :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Front is a little busy, but I don't mind it.

      To be honest, I was hoping some of the main cues from the FCX Clarity would make their way into the next generation Accord.
      mmstowes
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ AB,

      Many of the Modulo pieces, with exception to the window visors, come here as part of the Honda Factory Performance (HFP) accessory lineup. It's likely the US will also get many of these pieces, though with a different name attached.
      • 6 Years Ago

      What about a Mugen package for the Insight? Will make it the first tuner hybrid car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man why can't Toyota make their Prius front end look this good?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope this isn't the future for "sporty" hybrids.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry! It is the future for sporty hatchbacks, no doubt. You are looking at GTI MkVII.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Make it a coupe, drop in a k20, and bring back the CRX si
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does a low-performing (high mpg) hybrid need a paddle shifted gearbox? It's not going to be sporty no matter what you do.

      This body kit looks okay, I don't know if I'd buy it, but at least it makes it look less like a Prius knock-off.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It still is a CVT transmission. It has 6:1 ratio spread
        and Honda's D S L transmission selector positions suck.
        mmstowes
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah...cuz you know...the Prius was sooo original looking....

        And I'm glad you've driven the car to know what it's like....
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