Honda N concept 4:
With the increasing popularity of the small vehicle segment in Japan, the N-Box is a particularly interesting and attractive proposition. It’s also one that is expected to double the sales of Honda’s products in the segment in the coming year, as the company launches the first model in the Japanese market on December 16.
The N Concept 3 – essentially the same model as the N-Box with a more aggressive, chrome laden face – will be sold under the ‘Custom’ nomenclature and will launch in the spring of 2012, while the Concept 4 – the car variant of the two-box ‘mini-minivan’ with a similar DRG to the EN-V concept unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo motor show – will follow in the autumn.
Built on an all-new platform, the N-Box is just shy of 4m long, has a 2520mm-long wheelbase and a cabin that’s 2180mm in overall length, maximizing interior space. Its simple IP and infinitely reconfigurable rear cabin space enable it to cater to a number of people looking for a practical mode of transport and its diminutive size make it a marvel for navigating and parking in congested urban milieus.
Honda showed off its vision for the future of mobility in the form of numerous concepts on its poorly lit showstand in Tokyo today. Alongside the AC-X hybrid car and the Micro Commuter Concept was an all-new version of the Motocompo foldaway scooter, the EV-Ster, and four different variants of the forthcoming N-Box. All of these were on show amidst the company’s motorcycles, which President Takanobu Ito referred to as “the heart of Honda”.