2018 Honda N-Box Slash Brings Updates To The Sleekest Of Kei Cars

The N-Box series may be pretty small, but it’s big business for Honda. In fact it’s the most popular line of mini-cars in Japan, and has been for the last three years in a row now.

Just last year, Honda sold 218,478 of them, which is significantly more than all the Acuras it sold in America in 2017. Save for the Accord, Civic, and CR-V (its three most successful models), the N-Box series in Japan outsold any model Honda sells in the United States.

Like we said, it’s big business. So even if they’re minor, it’s a big deal when the manufacturer rolls out updates for any of the models in the lineup, like it has with the N-Box Slash.

One of the most stylish Kei cars on the Japanese Domestic Market, the N-Box Slash packs a lot of swagger into its tiny footprint. For 2018, it gets an array of new colors and interior trims, bringing the exterior choices (between the monotone and two-tone finishes) up to 16, and the interior options up to six.

As if that weren’t enough, buyers can also choose between seven trim levels, in front- or all-wheel drive, with a tiny 660cc engine in atmospheric or turbocharged induction. Prices range from 1,359,720 to 1,920,240 yen – inclusive of the 8-percent consumption tax, or about $12-17k at in equivalent US dollars.

Honda expects to sell 500 of them every month in Japan, which makes it something of a footnote in overall N-Box series sales – but a rather stylish one, to our eyes.

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  • Recent Kei Car design is so interesting, they are future version of classic design, very good.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s goofy. I like it.

  • Adi

    It’s like the BMW X6 of kei cars.

  • fabri99

    Lovely, but the rear seats seem a little claustrophobic.

    • The rear seats look quite big to me actually!

      • fabri99

        Yeah, what troubles me is the size of the rear windows. You can hardly see out of them.

    • YES, THE SEAT SITS FAR BACK FROM THE WINDOW, NICE VIEW OF THE SPEAKER THO.

  • Imjus Sayin

    Is there a market for a “Premium” brand Kei car in Japan with all the “Premium” amenities you can find in a version equipped with the Tech / Advance package including i-vtec, paws and sh-awd from just 660 cc engine cap? For over $20k?
    Could be a new niche revenue stream for Acura Lexus and Infiniti. Would Audi MB and BMW consider a 660 cc “Premium” Kei car in Japan.

  • Auto

    I’ll take the red, black and white, please.

  • Bash

    These are toys!! Big ones. lol

  • ADORABLE. NICE AND COLORFUL TOO. AN AWFUL LOT OF BUTTONS AND SWITCHES UNDER THE STEERING WHEEL.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Super cute little car. It looks very good in Japanese landscape, which in my opinion is itself an amazing environment. It definitely reminds me that to plan this year end holiday in Japan.