The diminutive Honda N-One hits the Japanese market
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Back in August, we got you a very interesting story of the Honda N-One.
Touted as the spiritual successor to the Honda N360 model from the 1960’s, the Honda N-One has been launched in Japan for a price of 1,707,750 yen (INR 7.73 lakhs).
The Honda N-One belongs to the recently revived N Series of vehicles. The first vehicle of this family was the N BOX and the N BOX + tall city van. As the name prompts, the N-One will be the smallest member of the family and is a traditional ‘Kei’ car.
It is powered by a 660cc petrol engine which will be available in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged versions. The engine will be connected to a CVT gearbox with power going to either the front wheels or all four wheels. Honda claims that the turbocharged version’s performance will be at par with a 1.3 liter engine.
The car is extremely small so Honda had to implement some interesting strategies to make it roomy inside. Honda has fitted it with a fold-flat Magic Seat system, which is made possible by placing the petrol tank near the center of the car. This is the trick the Chevrolet Sail plays to improve luggage space.
Sure, it is very expensive but it comes loaded with features such as Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Pedestrian Injury Migration Body, and side curtain airbags.
It will be available with a choice of 16 colors or 5 combinations of two-tone color styles. On the streets of Japan, the Honda N-One will compete against the Fiat 500.
Honda may not sell this vehicle outside the Japanese market, but can you ignore it?