2013 Honda Insight
2019 Honda Insight. Photo: Supplied
David McCowen | Mar, 27 2018 | 0 Comments

Honda’s answer to the Toyota Prius has emerged at the 2018 New York motor show before going on sale in the US later this year.

Powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, the 2019 Honda Insight uses just 4.3L/100km of petrol to produce 112kW and 267Nm inputs.

When fully charged through regenerative braking, Honda says the car can drive “roughly a mile”, or 1.6 kilometres, on electric power alone.

On the inside, a 7-inch driver’s display joins an 8-inch central screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a strong suite of “Honda Sensing” driver aids.

Henio Arcangeli Jr, senior vice president of Honda America, said the Insight “shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car doesn't mean sacrificing style, refinement or performance”.

"The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises," he said.

The new Insight is set to be built in Indiana alongside US Civic and CR-V models built exclusively in left-hand-drive. A spokesman for Honda Australia said the vehicle is only for North America at this stage, though it is possible the car could make a local debut at a later date.

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