New Honda hybrid fuel consumption figures released
9 January 2009

Technical details and economy figures for the new Honda Insight have leaked onto the internet, and it looks like the new hybrid will be capable of up to 67mpg.

A Honda brochure, posted by Honda Belgium on its own website, revealed that the Honda Insight can manage 67.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle. Combined fuel consumption is 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions are 101g/km.

As predicted, the Honda Insight uses an updated version of Honda’s IMA petrol-electric drivetrain, with an 87bhp, 91lb ft 1339cc four-cylinder engine and a 13.4bhp, 76lb ft electric motor. The transmission is a CVT unit.

Combined power from the engine and electric motor is 100bhp at 5800rpm, and full torque output is 123lb ft from 1000rpm.

Although the CO2 output is lower than the current Prius’s, Toyota is launching a new version of its hybrid at Detroit, and it should dip below 100g/km. But the Honda Insight will be considerably cheaper than the Prius – prices are expected to start at round £15,000.

In Europe, two trim levels will be available. Comfort comes with climate control and runs on 15-inch wheels as standard. Upgrade to Elegance and you get Bluetooth, cruise control and parking sensors.

Dan Stevens

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