Honda has unveiled the 2015 Grace Hybrid which will be sold in Japan featuring the firm’s “sold wing face” encompassing a platinum grille and optional LED headlights. It comes with five-spoke alloys, chrome accents at the back while inside the cabin it benefits from soft-touch plastics, piano black trim and an eight-speaker sound system. According to Honda, the passengers sitting on the rear seats benefit from almost the same legroom as offered in the Accord Hybrid, a model from an upper segment that costs considerably more.
The 2015 Honda Grace Hybrid is powered by a SPORT HYBRID i-DCD one-motor system encompassing an Atkinson-cycle naturally aspirated 1.5-liter engine working together with an “intelligent power unit” that has a lithium-ion battery while the dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox incorporates the electric motor. The conventional engine is rated at 110 HP and 134 Nm while the electric motor produces an additional 29.5 HP and 160 Nm.
Thanks to this hardware arrangement, the 2015 Honda Grace Hybrid is able to return 80.9 mpg US (2.9 liters / 100 km or 97.1 mpg UK) while the more expensive all-wheel drive variant can do 69.1 mpg US (3.4 liters / 100 km or 83 mpg UK).
Already on sale, the model carries a starting price of ¥1,950,000.