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.
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.