2nd-gen Honda N-WGN charms with retro looks, costs 11,800 USD
With 242,000 copies sold in 2018 alone, the Honda N-Box kei car is a true bestseller on its home market of Japan. Its sibling, the N-WGN, pales in comparison with only 63,000 vehicles sold. It looks like Honda has found a simple way to remedy the situation, though.
The popularity recipe of the second-gen N-Box can be distilled into one word: retro. Customers in Japan loved the vintage looks of the updated kei car and swept it off the showroom floors. And this is precisely what the company does with the new N-WGN: namely, gives it a neat retro appearance.
The length and width of the second-gen N-WGN stay identical to those of its predecessor at 3,395 mm (11.14 ft.) and 1,475 mm (4.84 ft.), respectively. The height gains 20 millimeters (0.8”) and now amounts to 1,675 mm (5.5 ft.).
The standard N-WGN boasts old-school round headlamps, an edgy front end and deliberately flat body panels. The Custom trim gets a different radiator grille, new bumpers and rectangular headlights.
Both trim versions offer four simple, non-adjustable seats. For the first time in the history of Honda kei cars, you can adjust the steering column reach to your preference. Both also ship with a range of electronic driving aids that should help sales. These include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian/cyclist recognition, which is said to be functional even in the dark.
Customers may choose between two 0.66-liter gasoline engines rated at 58 and 64 hp (43 – 48 kW). Both can be had in AWD and FWD versions. The transmission is still CVT, albeit tweaked to improve fuel efficiency by 7%.
The second-generation Honda N-WGN will arrive on the domestic market in August priced from 11,800 USD.
Editor Andrew Raspopov