If there is one type of car that Indonesian should see or have more is this small, modern car with fantastic fuel efficiency. The trend has been very promising these days, and if this keeps up, it will boost a big saving to the country especially when the price of oil is where it is right now.
While many of these types of cars have flourished recently, the more familiar brands with huge network of after sales and service always has an advantage. The Indonesian consumers however need to vote with their pocket so manufacturers know which way to go.
One car that would be a great addition to the line up is the N Series Mini Vehicle, in particular the N-One which has just been released to the market, Japan only at the moment. The N-One is the third model of the new N Series mini-vehicle following the N BOX and the N BOX +.
The N-One was developed in the motif of the N360, the first mass-produced Honda mini passenger car introduced to the market in 1967, and inherits Honda’s M/M concept which is the starting point of Honda’s automobile design.
On the outside the Honda N-One looks like a retro rival for the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500, and Volkswagen Beetle but smaller, the car is only 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide and 1,610 tall. The boxy design and round head lights as well as the front grill bring the classic sense which works well for the overall design. There is also optional xenon headlights add a modern touch.
Although small, it utilizes the Honda’s M/M concept which is a basic approach to Honda car design calling for maximizing the space available for people and minimizing the space required for mechanical components, in other words, though the car is small, it provides sufficient space for its passenger by squeezing the equipments.
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.
Honda N-One is powered by 0.660 liter 3 inline cylinder, water cooled DOHC chain drive engine plus high-performance turbochargers. It’s available in automatic transmission only with paddle shift. The vehicles weigh less than 900 kg and boost an excellent fuel economy of up to 27 km per liter.
The Honda N-One interior design is simple and yet great attention was paid to ensure the quality feel of materials in every detail. Comfort and a sense of security were pursued with the large-size bench seat. With these factors, a comfortable cabin space was achieved that people will not grow tired of even after prolonged use.
A flat and cleanly fit audio system display was adopted. By connecting a smart phone using “InterNavi Pocket,” a genuine navigation system application developed by Honda, the navigation screen can be displayed on the screen of the audio system (manufacturer’s option).
The Honda N-One is sold for about Rp 130 million for the entry level model to less than Rp 200 million for the top of the line N-One Premium in Japan. depending on the amount of local component can be included in the car, the price may not be far off for Indonesian market.