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Saturday, 27 December 2008

Unverified 2009 Honda Insight information from Japan

Following the post "Honda Insight 2009: The key facts", which contains info that CAR magazine obtained, and the JDM brochure photos that were posted yesterday (part 1 + part 2), a Japanese magazine revealed information that came from a product preview meeting for Honda dealers in Japan.

None of this information is confirmed for even the Japanese market, much less the United States market.

Honda will offer the Insight in 3 trim levels: The basic G (customarily labeled DX in the U.S.), L (ie. LX) and the top-of-the-line LS (ie. EX).

atures common to all Japanese Insights:
* Ecological Drive Assist System

* multi-information display

* full-auto air conditioner

* projector-style headlights

* remote-control body-colored external mirrors

* tinted rear windows

* security alarm

* immobilizer (ignition system verifies chip in key)

* 15-inch steel wheels

* solar-heat-reducing/noise-reducing glass
* active front head-rests

* tilt/telescoping steering wheel
* seat-height adjuster
* three rear-seat head rests

* flat-tire repair kit (the new Insight carries no spare tire)

The L model adds:
* high-intensity discharge headlights with auto light control

* turn signals in the external mirrors

* leather steering wheel
* rear speakers
* front/rear arm rests
* variable-speed windshield wiper
* map light and luggage-area light
* driver’s seat back pocket

The LS model adds:

* 16-inch aluminum wheels

* Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)

* front fog lights
* 7-speed paddle shifters
* sun-shade tinted windshield

Optional accessories:

* navigation system with 7-inch screen and hard disk drive (this system may also display additional fuel economy information and in Japan it may include a TV tuner and ECT, an electronic highway toll payment system)

* Honda smart key system
* side-curtain air bags

* 15-inch aluminum wheel for L class

* High-intensity discharge headlights
* comfort view package plus rear window wiper

Body color options:

* Spectrum while pearl (also a Civic hybrid color)
* Milano red (also a Fit color)

* Premium deep violet pearl (also a Jazz color, but not a US Honda color)
* Crystal black pearl (also an Accord, Civic, and Fit color)

* Polished metal metallic (also an Accord and Civic color)

* Alabaster silver metallic (also an Accord and Civic color)

* Brilliant sky metallic (also a Jazz color, but not a US Honda color)

Interior color options:
* Blue

* Warm gray

Other data:
* Length 4390 mm (172.8 inches)

* Width 1695 mm (66.7 inches)

* Height 1425 mm (56.1 inches)

* Wheelbase 2550 mm (100.4 inches)
* Weight 1180 kilograms (2601.5 lbs)
* Minimum turning radius: 5 meters (16.4 feet)

* Engine type: inline 1339 cc SOHC 4-cylinder
* Engine generates 88 horsepower @5800rpm and 12.3 kgm torque @4500rpm

* IMA motor generates 14 horsepower @1500rpm and 9.4 kgm torque @500rpm

* Japanese 10.15 mode fuel consumption test: 30.0 kilometers per liter (which is greater than 70 mpg, but the EPA tests will return lower numbers; the Toyota Prius rates 35.5 km/l or greater than 83 mpg in this test.)


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