Hey guys, I don't post too often here but wanted to share some news and opinions on the next gen insight. First off, the new Honda Fit has been revealed for Japan.
2015 Honda Fit First Drive - Motor Trend
Looks like the rs (most closely related to the Fit Sport here in the US) will come with an optional 6 speed, finally. More noteworthy is the mpg figures on the hybrid variant, which sadly won't be making it to the US. However, a fit based sedan will be coming out. Not sure if that's the insight or not, since the 1st and 2nd gen have been hatchbacks. Either way, the next Insight should be getting the 1.5 l earth dreams hybrid with the 7 speed i-dcd transmission, which I read should come with paddle shifters as an option. The one in the fit makes 135 hp and 125 lb foot torque, a substantial improvement on the gen 2 Insight. Most importantly however, is that this new engine should be good for about a 35% increase in fuel efficiency, which would give the next insight an mpg rating of around 55mpg!
I hope this is the case. I'm very excited about the next insight. If all goes well, I may trade mine in when the new one comes out. I have read over 2 doze articles and a commonly said statement about these new engines is that they are much more responsive with a 15% increase in acceleration. This may give the next insight an edge over the prius and keep the crz alive.
I wanted to start this thread to get opinions from members here at insight central.