Honda has introduced a new van-type mini vehicle called N-Van in the Japanese market. Developed on the same platform as the N-Box, the N-Van is mainly designed for commercial purpose with large cargo area and efficient loading/unloading.
Honda’s “center tank layout” places the fuel tank underneath the front seats, enabling a low-floor cargo space which helps the vehicle to accommodate tall cargo items.
In addition to the rear seats, the passenger seat also features a “dive-down mechanism” which enables a completely flat cargo area that extends from the tailgate all the way to the front passenger seat area. The design team also got rid of the center pillar for a large opening.
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Honda has shared few example images which showcase how the N-Van can be utilized for small businesses. The Japanese public can also get creative and send their entries via Twitter.
The N-Van features Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver assistance technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist and Auto High Beam headlights.
As the N-Van belongs to “Kei” class city cars, it is powered by a 658 cc 3-cylinder petrol engine that develops 53 hp and 64 Nm of torque. There is also a turbo option where the output increases to 64 hp and 104 Nm. Transmission is a 6-speed manual or a CVT, with front-wheel drive or AWD options.