Honda has started public road testing of mule for the third-generation Insight.

The producers took a body of Honda City which should be stretched and widened to fit the mechanicals of the new Insight. The wheel arches that are widened and extensions made the hood and rear doors have clear giveaways.

A little is known about plans of Honda’ for the new Insight. With the producer having just launched the Clarity range of fuel cell, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in the mid-size sedan segment, the new Insight will probably keep its old hatchback shape.

It’s possible, though, that hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are offered to combat the Toyota Prius which already offers both. The current Insight is only available as a hybrid.

We currently expect the powertrain to be a version of the two-motor hybrid system pegged for the latest Accord Hybrid. The Insight will likely use a smaller internal combustion engine than the Accord Hybrid’s 2.0-liter mill, though.

New Insight will be revealed in late 2018 or at the beginning of next year

Honda is committed to adding many more electrified cars to its lineup. Based on its 2030 Vision strategy announced in June, the automaker aims to have two thirds of its cars fitted with some form of electrification by 2030. The focus will be on plug-in hybrid technology but electric and fuel cell cars are also planned. A new electric car will be unveiled by the automaker this fall.

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