Honda Motor starts sales in Japan of the all-new N-BOX mini-vehicle.

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.

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.

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 cafe. 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 easer 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 degrees 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.

(1) A version without Honda SENSING is also available for each of following types: G-Honda SENSING, G-L Honda SENSING, G-EX Honda SENSING types of N-BOX and G-L Honda SENSING and G-EX Honda SENSING types of N-BOX Custom.

(2) 32,400 yen (30,000 yen excluding consumption tax) extra charge

(3) 59,400 yen (55,000 yen excluding consumption tax) extra charge

(4) 81,000 yen (75,000 yen excluding consumption tax) extra charge

(5) Not available for G・Honda SENSING type.

(6) Honda internal research as of August 2017

(7) Scheduled to go on sale in spring 2018

(8) Standard 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

(9) This 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 (with envelope))

(10) Aller Clean seat inactivates 94.3% of tick allergen, 82% of cedar pollen allergen. Measured by Honda.

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