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Honda begins sales of new Grace Hybrid in Japan; 4WD option

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has begun sales of the all-new Grace hybrid sedan at dealerships across Japan. The Grace is equipped with Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD one-motor hybrid system that enables the driver to start in EV mode and realizes fuel economy of 34.4 km/L (81 mpg US or 2.9 l/100 km) under the JC 08 mode—best among all hybrid sedan models in the Japanese market. The Sport Hybrid i-DCD is also applied in the Fit and Vezel hybrids, and earlier had been the subject of three recalls due to separate problems with its &-speed DCT. (Earlier post.)

Also, for the first time as a compact hybrid sedan in this size category, the all-new Grace offers a 4WD version in its lineup. Honda’s monthly sales target in Japan is 3,000 units.

Honda Grace. Click to enlarge.

The SPORT HYBRID i-DCD system combines a 1.5L Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine, 7-speed DCT with built-in high-output motor and the IPU with a built-in lithium-ion battery.

The all-new Grace features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body that applies Honda’s original G-Force Control Technology (G-CON) to enhance self-protection and make it less aggressive to other vehicles in the event of a collision. The Grace also features the Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Body structure to absorb the impact of a collision in the front part of the body, which is at the highest risk of causing a pedestrian injury in the event of a collision.

In the area of active safety, with the goal to prevent an accident before it happens, the all-new Grace features the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system; a Hill-Start Assist function; as well as the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) system that warns vehicles following behind of a sudden stop. These active safety functions are featured as standard equipments on all types.

The “safety package” that combines the City-Brake Active system that is designed to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions while driving at the speed of below 30 km/h (18.6 mph), with a side curtain airbag system and a front seat i-side airbag system (variable capacity type) is available on certain types.

Pricing starts at ¥1,950,000 ($16,436).



In terms of price and fuel efficiency (even at 20% less than advertised) this seems to be a very competitive vehicle. Is there a catch?


Abit of early release info.
22KW emotor in transmission,No mention battery pack size but their stable preference is for small packs. viscous coupled 4wd option (at the expected fuel penalty) , 1.5liter Atkinson.

Suggests the systems are evolved from existing proven (refined and simplified) think Toyota's Prius.

Sounds cheap, Not highest specs - unnecessary overbuild omitted.
I'll rate high for practicality possibly meets requirements for less specialised service technology (which is vital for mass market customer satisfaction I.M.O.).


Why isn't this are and the Fit Hybrid on sale in the USA.

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