Honda N-Box

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Honda N-Box
HONDA N BOX JF1 01.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerHonda
ProductionDecember 2011 – present
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie (Suzuka plant)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassKei car
Body style5-door hatchback
Layout
Related
Chronology
Predecessor

The Honda N-Box (Japanese: ホンダ・N-BOX, Honda Enubokkusu) (stylized as "Honda N-BOX") is a kei car produced by Honda for the Japanese market.[2] Together with the N-One, it is part of a renewed lineup of kei class city cars from Honda. The use of the letter "N" in the name was previously used for the late 1960s and 1970s N360.

As of June 2019, the N-Box has been the best-selling car in Japan for 22 consecutive months.[3][4]

First generation (JF1/JF2; 2011–2017)[edit]

First generation (JF1/JF2)
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Overview
Production
  • December 2011 – August 2017 (N-Box)[5]
  • July 2012 – August 2017 (N-Box+)
Powertrain
Engine658 cc S07A I3 (petrol)
Power output43 kW (58 hp; 58 PS)
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,520 mm (99.2 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height
  • 1,780 mm (70.1 in) (N-Box)
  • 1,800 mm (70.9 in) (N-Box+)
Curb weight930–1,060 kg (2,050–2,337 lb)

The first generation N-Box was unveiled on 27 October 2011 and launched in Japan on 30 November 2011. The N-Box+ was released on 5 July 2012.

N-Box Slash (JF1/JF2; 2014–present)[edit]

N-Box Slash (JF1/JF2)
Honda N-BOX SLASH G Turbo A Package (DBA-JF1).jpg
Overview
ProductionDecember 2014 – present
Powertrain
Engine
  • 658 cc S07A I3 (petrol)
  • 658 cc S07A Turbo I3-T (petrol)
Power output
  • 43 kW (58 hp; 58 PS) (naturally aspirated)
  • 47 kW (63 hp; 64 PS) (turbocharged)
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,520 mm (99.2 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height
  • 1,670 mm (65.7 in) (FWD)
  • 1,685 mm (66.3 in) (4WD)
Curb weight920–1,000 kg (2,028–2,205 lb)

The N-Box Slash which is a lower roof version of the N-Box was released in December 2014.

Second generation (JF3/JF4; 2017–present)[edit]

Second generation (JF3/JF4)
Honda N-BOX G・EX Honda SENSING (DBA-JF3) front.jpg
Overview
ProductionSeptember 2017 – present
Powertrain
Engine
  • 658 cc S07A I3 (petrol)
  • 658 cc S07A Turbo I3-T (petrol)
Power output
  • 43 kW (58 hp; 58 PS) (naturally aspirated)
  • 47 kW (63 hp; 64 PS) (turbocharged)
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,520 mm (99.2 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height
  • 1,790 mm (70.5 in) (FWD)
  • 1,815 mm (71.5 in) (4WD)
Curb weight890–1,030 kg (1,962–2,271 lb)

The second generation N-Box was unveiled on 25 May 2017 and launched in Japan on 31 August 2017 via live-stream on YouTube. It went on sale on 1 September 2017.

Safety[edit]

It is equipped with Honda Sensing technology which includes pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation system and road sign assist.

Utility[edit]

The N-Box's seats can slide front to back, recline, and tip up and down separately or both to accommodate passengers, long and tall cargo and its slope can be used as an under-storage compartment and ramp for PWD wheelchairs.

By removing the seat's headrest, its refresh mode can be used as a bed.

Awards[edit]

  • 2017–2018 Car of the Year from Japan Automotive Hall of Fame[6]
  • 2018 Technology of the Year Award from Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan for weight reduction technology.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Suzuka Factory". Honda Worldwide. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Holder, Jim. "First drive review: Honda N Box". autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  3. ^ "新車販売総合、10か月連続でトップ3を軽自動車勢が独占 6月車名別". レスポンス(Response.jp).
  4. ^ クロステック, 日経. "日産「デイズ」が健闘、2019年6月の新車販売ランキング". 日経 xTECH(クロステック).
  5. ^ "新型軽乗用車「N」シリーズ第一弾となる「N BOX」を発売". Hondaホームページ:本田技研工業株式会社. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "Honda N-Box Wins Japan Hall of Fame's Car of the Year". Nippon.com. 10 Nov 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  7. ^ "RJCカーオブザイヤー2018に、スズキの スイフト 受賞 (15 Nov 2017)". Response.jp. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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