New Honda Grace Hybrid Preview – Sedan Goes on Sale in Japan

By Steve & Tamami Laser

The new Honda Grace Hybrid sedan has gone on sale in Japan. Grace appears to be a hybrid version of the current generation Honda City, which is sold in other Asian markets outside Japan.

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Grace and City are based on the Honda Fit. That means either could be built at Honda’s new plant in Mexico where Fit and the upcoming Fit-based HR-V small crossover are produced.

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A smaller, less expensive sedan priced below the current Civic would give American Honda a car to compete with other popular entry level sedans like the Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta. While we think Fit is a great car, some folks like a more conservative look with a trunk.

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We don’t know yet where the Japanese-market Grace is sourced. City has been manufactured at a number of different locations including Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, and India.

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Grace Hybrid is offered in Japan in both front- and all-wheel drive versions. It teams a 1.5-liter gas engine with Honda’s SPORT HYBRID i-DCD (intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) one-motor hybrid system that enables the driver to start out in EV mode for improved fuel economy.

News source and photos from Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

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