Honda presents second-generation family car N-BOX in Japan

Article by Christian A., on September 2, 2017

Japanese customers could now purchase Honda Motor Co.’s latest kei offering, the new generation of the Honda N-BOX mini vehicle. Built under the concept of “for the happiness of families in Japan,” the new N-BOX was meant to establish a new standard for family-type cars – expressive exterior, spacious interior, excellent driving performance, superb cabin comfort and outstanding fuel economy.

The new N-BOX is provided with high quality design and sophisticated design that still allows the vehicle to maintain its established image. It carries forward the appealing design elements of the first-generation N-BOX like spaciousness, sophistication and high quality, while adopting LED headlights and employing laser brazing technology to join its roof and body side panels.

In terms of exterior finishing, the new N-BOX could be wrapped in single-tone colors like Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, British Green Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Luna Silver Metallic, Morning Mist Blue Metallic, Premium Agate Brown Pearl, Premium Ivory Pearl, Premium Pink Pearl, Premium White Pearl II and Premium Yellow Pearl II. Two-tone color finishes include Premium Agate Brown Pearl & White, Premium Ivory Pearl & Brown, Premium Pink Pearl & White and Premium Yellow Pearl II & White.

Meanwhile, the N-BOX Custom variant is offered in single-tone colors like Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Luna Silver Metallic, Premium Glamorous Bronze Pearl, Premium Velvet Purple Pearl, Premium White Pearl II and Shining Gray Metallic. Two-tone color finishes for the N-BOX Custom include Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic & Black, Crystal Black Pearl & Red, Milano Red & Black, Premium Glamorous Bronze Pearl & Silver and Premium White Pearl II & Black.

Inside, the all-new N-BOX and the N-BOX Custom feature beige and black, respectively as base color. The spaciousness of the cabin was further improved by making the engine bay more compact and the tailgate much thinner. It is also now easier to load and unload large items thanks to lower height of tailgate opening. Versions of the N-BOX could be equipped with a conventional bench seat, the Super Slide – with a front passenger seat and an aluminum slope.

The superb driving experience, outstanding fuel economy and excellent cabin comfort being offered by the new Honda N-BOX is thanks to a high-efficiency floor frame, high-tensile steel plate, a 660-cc engine (with i-VTEC for naturally aspirated version and an electric wastegate for turbo variant), enhanced CVT and suspension system as well as ultrathin front pillars.

Interestingly, the all-new N-BOX is the first mini-vehicle to feature Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. These include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Auto High Beam headlights, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), False Backward Start Prevention, False Start Prevention, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Lead Car Departure Notification System, Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Honda is hoping to sell around 15,000 units of the new N-BOX monthly.

Press Release

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin sales in Japan of the all-new N-BOX mini-vehicle on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Under the concept of “for the happiness of families in Japan,” Honda developed this all-new N-BOX with the goal of setting a new standard for family-type cars. While carrying forward key N-BOX features such as a spacious cabin and exterior design with a strong sense of presence, which have been well received by many customers, a platform and powertrain were newly-developed for this all-new N-BOX. Excellent driving performance, fuel economy and occupant comfort were realized by reducing vehicle weight by approximately 80 kg even after installing enhanced safety features and other outstanding functions such as the newly-adopted Super Slide front passenger seat.

Moreover, the all-new N-BOX adopts the Honda SENSING™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including a newly-added function to prevent false backward starts. The all-new N-BOX became the first among all Honda mini-vehicles to feature Honda SENSING™ as standard equipment on all types*1.

Starting with this all-new N-BOX, Honda will begin evolving the advertising campaign with a new tagline, “N for Life” which represents a message of “enjoyable lives with N (Honda N Series).” Moreover, Honda will evolve the “N for Life Space,” a special exhibition event where visitors can see the all-new N-BOX and experience the concept of “N for Life.” Starting on Friday, September 1, 2017, the “N for Life Space” will tour seven major cities across Japan. Honda will strive to offer “enjoyable lives with N” through all of the N Series models.

Sales plan (in Japan, monthly, series total):

15,000 units

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (in Japan):

 

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price including 8% consumption tax
G・Honda SENSING 660cc
DOHC CVT FF 1,385,640 yen
4WD 1,516,320 yen
G・L Honda SENSING FF 1,499,040 yen
4WD 1,629,720 yen
G・L Turbo Honda SENSING FF 1,695,600 yen
4WD 1,826,280 yen
G・EX Honda SENSING FF 1,596,240 yen
4WD 1,726,920 yen
G・EX Turbo Honda SENSING FF 1,749,600 yen
4WD 1,880,280 yen

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price including 8% consumption tax
G・L Honda SENSING 660cc
DOHC CVT FF 1,698,840 yen
4WD 1,829,520 yen
G・L Turbo Honda SENSING FF 1,895,400 yen
4WD 2,026,080 yen
G・EX Honda SENSING FF 1,752,840 yen
4WD 1,883,520 yen
G・EX Turbo Honda SENSING FF 1,949,400 yen
4WD 2,080,080 yen
*Price does not include insurance premium, taxes (excluding consumption tax) and cost related to vehicle registration.
*Based on the automobile recycling law, a separate recycling charge will be necessary. The recycling charge includes a recycling deposit (cost necessary to recycle shredder dust, air bags, chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) and information management cost) and a fund management cost.
Body colors:

 

Premium White Pearl II*2
Luna Silver Metallic
Crystal Black Pearl
Premium Pink Pearl*2
Premium Ivory Pearl*2
Premium Agate Brown Pearl*2
Premium Yellow Pearl II*2
Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic
Morning Mist Blue Metallic
British Green Pearl

Premium Pink Pearl & White*4 *5
Premium Agate Brown Pearl & White*4 *5
Premium Yellow Pearl II & White*4 *5
Premium Ivory Pearl & Brown*4 *5

Premium White Pearl II*2
Luna Silver Metallic
Shining Gray Metallic
Crystal Black Pearl
Premium Glamorous Bronze Pearl*2
Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic
Premium Velvet Purple Pearl*2

Premium White Pearl II & Black*4
Milano Red & Black*3
Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic & Black*3
Premium Glamorous Bronze Pearl & Silver*4
Crystal Black Pearl & Red*3
*232,400 yen (30,000 yen excluding consumption tax) extra charge
*359,400 yen (55,000 yen excluding consumption tax) extra charge
*481,000 yen (75,000 yen excluding consumption tax) extra charge
*5Not available for G・Honda SENSING type.

Design:

Featuring a highly-sophisticated and high-quality design while maintaining the established image of N-BOX
While carrying forward the appealing features of the first-generation N-BOX such as a sense of vehicle class which goes beyond the expectation for mini-vehicles and spaciousness, sophistication and high quality were pursued in every detail such as the adoption of LED headlights for all types as standard equipment and the adoption of laser brazing technology to join the roof and body side panels. As for the interior, N-BOX features beige as base color to create a relaxing space as if occupants are spending time at a café. The N-BOX Custom features black as base color to express a high-quality and fascinating interior space.

Driving experience:

Realizing excellent driving performance, fuel economy and occupant comfort with a lightweight body and new technologies including a newly-designed powertrain
In addition to the increased application of a high-efficiency floor frame and high-tensile steel plate, the adoption of a new joining technique enabled vehicle weight reduction and increased rigidity at the same time. As for the powertrain, for the first time among mini-vehicles*6, i-VTEC was adopted for a naturally-aspirated engine and an electric wastegate was applied to a turbo engine. Moreover, advancements were made in various areas including the enhanced performance of the CVT and suspension system and improved frontal visibility through adoption of ultrathin front pillars. These advancements led to the realization of a driving experience that enables occupants to feel secure, excellent fuel economy and occupant comfort.

Safety:

Featuring Honda SENSING™ as standard equipment for all types/
Adopting Honda’s first false backward start prevention function
The all-new N-BOX became the first mini-vehicle to adopt the Honda SENSING™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Auto High Beam headlights and Honda’s first function to prevent false backward starts were newly added to the eight basic functions of Honda SENSING™. Honda SENSING™ is standard equipment on all types of the all-new N-BOX*1.

Functions included in Honda SENSING™ for the all-new N-BOX:

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
False Start Prevention
Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System
Lead Car Departure Notification System
Traffic Sign Recognition
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
False Backward Start Prevention
Auto High Beam headlights
Convenience:

Featuring a spacious cabin and the Super Slide front passenger seat to bring about revolutionary user-friendliness
A spacious cabin which had already been a popular feature of the N-BOX was further expanded by making the engine room more compact and the tailgate thinner. By lowering the height of the tailgate opening, loading and unloading of large items such as bicycles is made easier. As for the seat arrangement, in addition to a version with a conventional bench seat, a version equipped with the Super Slide― front passenger seat as well as the version equipped with an aluminum slope*7 are available. The newly-adopted Super Slide― front passenger seat with the forward-backward sliding range of 570 mm makes it easier for the occupant to move between the back seats and the driver’s seat and enables versatile seating arrangements in combination with the sliding rear seats which are now standard equipment on the all-new N-BOX.

Comfort:

Comfort and cabin quietness beyond its class
The all-new N-BOX further enhanced its advanced features which create a comfortable environment inside the vehicle, including the Aller Clean*8 seat to which an antiviral treatment*9 was applied in addition to its function to inactivate allergens (such as ticks and cedar pollens) *10 which can cling to the surface of the seats. Moreover, the 360° super UV/IR cut package is applied to all windows/glasses to reduce the amount of ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays that reach the cabin. Furthermore, cabin quietness was improved thoroughly by adopting a high-performance engine mount system which suppresses vibration and noise at their source and also by realizing optimal placement of soundproofing and insulating materials.

*6Honda internal research as of August 2017
*7Scheduled to go on sale in spring 2018
*8Standard equipment on G・L Turbo Honda SENSING, G・EX Honda SENSING, G・EX Turbo Honda SENSING types of N-BOX and G・L Turbo Honda SENSING, G・EX Honda SENSING, G・EX Turbo Honda SENSING types of N-BOX Custom
*9This antiviral treatment is not applied for the purpose of treating/preventing any disease or suppressing virus activities.Testing method used: ISO18184 (Textiles-Determination of antiviral activity of textile products) (with viral strain of ATCC VR-1679 )
*10Aller Clean seat inactivates 94.3% of tick allergen, 82% of cedar pollen allergen. Measured by Honda.

Source: Honda

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