New Cars 2016: Honda



Honda to release the new turbocharged Civic, six-seater MPV Jade RS and a very expensive hybrid AWD Legend in Singapore

What: Civic
When: Mid-Year
How Much: TBA was the first to report on the new Civic sedan packing turbo power and being slated for launch in Singapore in 2016. In a nutshell, the tenth-gen Civic is all new, has a lighter, stronger body, a 1.5-litre 174bhp turbo engine that’ll do 6.7L/100km. Honda says it paid attention to making the Civic handle better, as well as reducing NVH, while also improving fuel efficiency and overall performance. It’s too early to say what kind of equipment the car will pack, but a 1.0-litre turbo with a Cat A friendly 130bhp is also a strong possibility for Singapore.

What: Jade
When: Q2 2016
How Much: TBA

Banking on the success of its MPVs to date (like the Mobilio), Honda will launch the new Jade RS six-seater in 2016 as well. Powered by what is likely the same 1.5-litre turbo engine found in the Civic. One of the car’s selling points is that it packs MPV/wagon style space with the height and footprint of a regular sedan – we smell Honda’s clever flat-floor packaging from the Jazz hatchback here. Details are scarce on the ground at the moment, but the car’s engine is mated to a CVT with simulated 7-speeds and will do 18km per litre on the Japanese test cycle. Honda also says the car has brake-based torque vectoring for the front wheels called AHA (Agile Handling Assist).

What: Legend
When: Q1 2016
How Much: $348,999 with COE

The Legend has returned, and it’s set to ambitiously take on anything from the BMW 5 series to the Lexus GS. Badged in the USA as the Acura RLX, Honda’s luxury sedan is almost five-metres long and has a 2,850mm wheelbase. It also has a 3.5-litre V6 engine plus three electric motors courtesy of its hybrid all-wheel drive system which has 377bhp and 460Nm of torque. It’s packed to the gills with tech, everything from adaptive cruise control to all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering and a dual-clutch gearbox. It’ll no doubt be a hugely competent drive, although the big question is will anyone buy a $400k Honda? The Legend makes that a distinct possibility…


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