The insight will be powered by a 1.5-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine, alongside a lithium-ion battery driving a single electric motor, with a total system output of 113kW and 267Nm.
In typical driving conditions, the Insight’s powertrain will work as a ‘series hybrid’, with the petrol engine feeding the battery.
Steering-mounted paddles aren’t for shifting gears, as the electric motor means no transmission is required. Instead the paddles are for toggling through three levels of regenerative braking.
Sitting above the Civic in terms of size, the Insight has a 2.7-metre wheelbase, with 95cm of rear legroom and a 428-litre boot.
Infotainment is controlled through a 7.0-inch TFT touchscreen display, while the seats are trimmed in leather.
An 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with seat heaters, can be optioned.
The entry-level LX and EX models ride on 16-inch rims, while the flagship Touring wears 17-inch alloys, and comes with LED fog-lights, rain-sensing wipers, a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, and over-the-air updates as standard.
Honda Sensing, with lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition is standard across the range.
The Insight will be built on the Civic platform in Honda’s manufacturing plant in Greensburg Indiana, while the hybrid battery unit will be assembled in the Marysville plant in Ohio, and the 1.5-litre combustion engine manufactured in Anna, Ohio.
WhichCar contacted Honda Australia for local information, but did not hear back by the time of publication.
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