In July-2012, we have brought you the leaked images leaked computer-generated patent images of Honda’s upcoming retro-styled city car and we also speculated that the car would compete with the likes of with Tata Nano and Maruti Alto small car in India. Recently Honda has launched this mini car named ‘N-One’ in Japan, which is based on the retro car first launched in 1967.
But things are not like we speculated so don’t expect this car to be launched anytime in India. The Honda N-One looks like a tremendous rival to BMW’s MINI Cooper and Fiat’s 500 range of retro cars because the base Type G (2-wheel drive) variant is priced at Rs. 7.72 lakh, while the top-end Premium edition (4-wheel drive) variant is priced at Rs. 8.85 lakh. Therefore, it doesn’t make much sense to our market.
As of now, Honda N-One is only available in Japan and there are no immediate plans to offer it in other countries. The key features of the N-ONE include a spacious cabin which comfortably accommodates four adults, and an improved acceleration performance. Further, stable driving performance and excellent quietness even during highway driving were realized through adoption of a lightweight and highly-rigid body and an exclusively-developed suspension.
The Honda N-One gets features such as Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, front and side airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist and Pedestrian Injury Migration Body. Furthermore, to accommodate the unique tastes of individual customers, a great variety of exterior colors are offered with total 11 body colors and a 2-tone color style, which has different colors for the body and roof.
Under the hood, the N-ONE comes in from a 660cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels, or a turbocharged version of the same engine driving all four wheels. Both of this engine are mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox that helps the vehicle deliver a maximum of 27.0 kmpl. However, no figures of horsepower and torque have been provided.
Checkout the picture of its dashboard below the jump.