There’s no doubt why Kei cars always gets lots of love. Well, how can you not admire it if it has a combination of cuteness and practicality? If you’re one with me, you will be delighted with Honda’s new light automobile dubbed as ‘N-Van’. The Japanese brand refers to it as van-type mini-vehicle, adding to Honda’s growing N family.
This adorable-looking van features a boxy body type and bulging headlights. The N-van offers G and L types, as well as +STYLE versions, which have their own characteristics to match customer’s preference – be it for business or personal use.
Stepping inside the cute-sized van, you will be welcomed by its large cargo space, thanks to the new platform adopted from its brother, N-Box. With its dive-down function, space can be maximized when rear seats and the front passenger seat were fold flat, allowing drivers to haul even long cargo items.
Unloading and loading of stuffs would be easier through its center-pillarless body construction on the left side of the vehicle, which is the first time among its van-type mini-vehicles. It also has a tailgate opening for better work efficiency when the van is used for business.
Available in a 6-speed manual transmission or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), this minivan is complemented with a tiny 660cc DOHC engine that can churn out either 52hp and 64 Nm, or 63hp and 104 Nm of torque, which comes close to Toyota Wigo’s 66 hp. The N-Van’s engine is also picked up from the N-Box, so it can generate high torque even within a low-speed range, yet great fuel economy. Not only that, it also comes with 4WD version.
This charmer may be small but it is packed with suite of safety features led by Honda Sensing system, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System, Road Departure Mitigation System, and a lot more.
The Honda N-Van’s price ranges from ¥1,267,920 to ¥1,799,280, which is around P601,799 up to P854,000. Looking at this new member of N family, it makes you wonder why Honda doesn’t roll its Kei cars outside Japan. It would have been better to drive Kei cars on the tight streets here in Metro. Also, with its size, parking won’t be that much of a hassle right? But still, let’s hope for the best, yes?