Billed as a truly innovative compact sedan, the Grace features a SPORT HYBRID i-DCD one-motor system that consists of a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with an integrated electric motor.

Honda has introduced the new Grace Hybrid in Japan.

Billed as a truly innovative compact sedan, the Grace features a “Solid Wing Face" design with a platinum-plated front grille that is flanked by optional LED headlights. The car also has five-spoke alloy wheels and chrome accents on the rear end.

Honda didn't have much to say about the interior but features it soft-touch plastics, an eight-speaker audio system and piano black trim. The cabin is also spacious as Honda says the Grace offers rear seat legroom that "comes close to that of the Accord Hybrid."

Motivation is provided by a SPORT HYBRID i-DCD one-motor system that consists of a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (with an integrated electric motor) and an "intelligent power unit" with a lithium-ion battery. The engine produces 110 PS (81 kW) and 134 Nm (99 lb-ft) of torque, while the electric motor contributes 29.5 PS (22 kW) and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque. This setup enables the car to return 34.4 km/L (2.9 L/100km / 80.9 mpg US / 97.1 mpg UK). There's also an all-wheel drive variant but it's slightly less efficient as it returns 29.4 km/L (3.4 L/100km / 69.1 mpg US / 83 mpg UK).

The Grace is currently on sale and pricing starts at ¥1,950,000.

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