• Jan 5th 2009 at 7:01PM
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Click above for a gallery of the Euro-spec 2009 Honda Insight

We're still six days away from the official unveiling of the 2009 Honda Insight at the Detroit Auto Show, but the crew at Carscoop just couldn't wait to release images of the European-spec hybrid ahead of its debut.

The Euro model shown here won't differ too much from the U.S. version, but the stylistic differences between the production version and its conceptual predecessor are obvious at first glance. As we've seen before, the front fascia carries over largely unchanged, although the technorific LED headlamps, deeply recessed fog lamps/air intakes and gaudy brightwork are all left on the designer's desk. The side mirrors have grown in proportion to the door handles, and the C-pillar is noticeably thicker than the concept that bowed in Paris. The rear has also been smoothed over, with the Prius-esque (or is that CRX-inspired?) hatch losing a bit of glass, along with the contoured cut-out for the license plate, which is now mounted lower on the bumper, with a prominent "H" badge floating on a body-colored panel.

Although the interior hasn't been revealed in full, we get a brief glimpse of the central-mounted tach, "eco" gauges and second tier speedo, which benefits from a backlight that transitions from green to blue when the driver mashes the accelerator and unleashes the full fury of the small-displacement engine through the CVT gearbox.

Sales will begin in the U.S. and abroad this spring, with a starting price rumored to hover around $20,000.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, its not an ignorant comment - the new Insight does look like a Prius and it gives the impression that Honda are trying to copy the Prius. And although, yes it is an aerodynamic shape, its not like these cars will be going 200 mph. I'd rather lose 1 mpg and have an original looking car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like the speedometer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this alot more than the Prius, its clear that the Honda designers were trying to capture a bit more stance and aggression with the surfacing than Toyota achieved.

      While the "it looks like a" comments are correct due to the gross similarities in DLO and overall proportion, I think Honda has delivered the better looking of the two.

      As for the interior, if the leaked shots are anything to go by it will be a full light year ahead of the Prius in terms of design and appeal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why? I'm an automotive enthusiast and I LOVE aerodynamics. You know, making your car uglier (in your opinion) can make it faster too, but I guess the enthusiast in you purchases on looks alone :S
      • 6 Years Ago
      New Prius...........or is it a Pontiac Aztek that was washed in Hot Water and Shrunk?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad, it's actually pretty decent looking for a dedicated hybrid vehicle. Now it's all about the actual fuel economy numbers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember that the total drag is the drag coefficient by the car's frontal area.

      The shape that the Prius uses (Forgot the name) is one of the more aerodynamic shapes while maximizing interior room which the latter I forgot to mention earlier. There's just so many ways to design a car -- for example, most trucks, minivans, etc has the same basic look, yet rarely anyone say "omg Ford copied Dodge in the F-150!!!!".
      • 6 Years Ago
      To Honda
      Could you please make a little more UGLY so it can stand out, why on earth the car company make GREEN CAR so ugly less attractive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please find another name for this feature besides leakage. Gross.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not the best looking car, but it's not ugly. Ugly is the Acura TSX/TL/RL, the new Honda Pilot.

      Considering the aerodynamic constraints they had to work with, it looks decent. Clarity does look a lot better though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the new Prius looks better. This thing has some junk in its trunk, fo sho.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "CRX-inspired" indeed!

      The more original glass back hatch with a kammback profile that the Prius took from.

      Prius = 5 dr CRX/1G Insight
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