, sips gas like a Prius, comes from
like a Prius... but isn't a Prius? That would be
(which this particular blogger thinks
, but won't be). We are expecting the production version of the new model, of which we have seen
these spy shots
debut this October
in the City of Lights, Paris. Thanks to the use of a
refined and less-costly
version of Honda Integrated Motor Assist along with a 1.3-liter gas-burner, the new hybrid model should attain fuel mileage in the 50-60 mpg range, matching what's expected from the next-gen Prius that should be unveiled January in Detroit in January.
We are pretty excited to see this new hybrid rivalry go into full swing, with
incumbent model in its third generation and Honda finally offering a four-door dedicated hybrid. The Honda should come in at a slightly more attractive price but will also be a bit smaller than the Toyota. Both will use nickel-based
, eschewing the newer but pricier lithium ions that will likely take over in a few years. The Honda should finally see the light of day in April of 2009 and the automaker hopes to sell half of the 200,000 it plans to produce in the U.S.