New Honda Envix Sedan: Jazz Compact Platform, Civic MotorMarch 13, 2019
New Japanese brand will go on sale next month. According to preliminary data, the model will be available only with one engine.
Last fall, Honda showed a new Envix sedan for the Chinese market at the Guangzhou Auto Show. At the motor show brought a prototype with locked doors and tightly tinted windows. Now the brand has distributed images of the production model, also partially declassifying its interior. In addition, Honda announced the start date of sales of new items – April 10.
Sedan is not designed from scratch – the Envix is a converted second-generation Honda Crider, which, in turn, is built on a stretched version of the platform from the Jazz compact. The fact is that Krider in China makes a joint venture GAC-Honda, while the Envix assembly is established at the Dongfeng Honda plant. Note, to offer, in fact, the same model, but under different names and with a different design is a common thing for China. So, the same Honda in the PRC has several more twins: among them, for example, the HR-V and XR-V SUVs, the cross-coupe UR-V and Avancier, the Accord and Inspire sedans.
Externally, the related Envix differs from the Crider radiator grille, bumpers and taillights. Honda’s front panel has not yet shown, however, the salons of the cars are probably almost identical. At least Crider’s “trick” went to his twin — the fold-down center armrest of the rear seat can turn into a table.
The dimensions of the sedans are the same: the length is 4,756 mm, the wheelbase is 2,730 mm. Thus, Crider and Envix are larger than four-door Honda Civic. The latter has a length of 4649 mm, and the distance between the axes is 2700 mm.
According to preliminary information, the engine is also one for two – a petrol 3-cylinder 1-liter turbo engine from the Civic (factory index P10A1), issuing 122 hp. and 173 Nm. The motor is paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT.
The list of Honda Crider equipment includes: single-zone climate control, front and side airbags, curtain airbags, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and monitoring of “blind” zones. This entire set is likely to be in Envix.
But the price of the new sedan is likely to be higher than that of the twin. At least, the models manufactured by Honda Dongfeng are more expensive than their counterparts from GAC-Honda. Crider today will cost at least 99,800 yuan. The GAC-Honda sedan is in quite good demand in China: 113,108 cars were sold in 2018, which is 14% more than in 2017.
Outside the China, Honda Crider is not sold, so Envix can not be expected in other markets.
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