Saturday, February 21, 2015

Honda New Legend (KC2)

2015 Honda Legend

The Legend has served as the flagship saloon of Honda and its been around for four generations since the first one launched in 1985. 2015 is the Honda Legend's 30th birthday and to celebrate the occasion, well, after three years since the previous Legend discontinued, it's back and this time, it's a hybrid premium saloon which features next-gen hybrid powertrain that the next NSX supercar will have. Ah yes. The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system.

There's more to it than just the revolutionary Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system because here on the brand new Legend, it features the first ever Honda Sensing safety system, the advanced heads-up display system, the new Krell 14-speaker Audio System, and much more. Let's talk about the key points later but first, the design.

2015 Honda Legend

2015 Honda Legend interior
As observed, this is the Japanese version of the Acura RLX sold in North America so by the looks of it, the hideous-looking exterior is highly similar to its North American cousin, especially the Jewel Eye headlamps that makes people won't going to eat dinner tonight after their prolonged exposure with these headlamps. Those headlamps are not made for those who had Trypophobia. I know...

On the inside, there goes that annoying dual screen dashboard where the second screen is made for touching and the first screen is made for viewing. There's no gear lever present here and it's been replaced with some buttons where when the driver pressed the D button, it really sets to Drive. That sounds high-tech but I have bigger doubts about this so-called clever shifting mechanism that makes gear levers a thing of a past.

The seats are rather comfortable especially at the rear seats where your boss will most likely feel comfy at and the rear legroom is not so bad for a flagship saloon of this caliber.

The Krell 14-speaker Audio System is one of the key points of the Legend's interior and utilizing their knowhow from their home theater systems, the expansive audio experience can now be heard on the new Legend. Play in your favorite audio CD or Bluetooth connectivity with your iPhone or USB, whatever you're doing, and listen to the Krell magic do the music for you and when you listen to it, it sounds so crystal clear-ish. Not bad...unless it was spoiled by the radio's static noise.

Another key point of the new Legend's interior is the head-up display system and it displays most of the information from your car based on your driving. It can display turn-by-turn navigation, adaptive cruise control, tachometer, speed dial, power distribution, and more. That sounds nice but sadly, the HUD is too faintly to be seen on your windshield unless its getting dark outside.

2015 Honda Legend

The newly-developed Sport Hybrid SH-AWD plays a critical role for the new Legend. While essentially derived from the upcoming NSX sportscar, this powertrain not only excels at delivering 382PS of total system power output and a 16.8km/L fuel economy but its handling is unlike any other.

The 3.5L i-VTEC V6 direct-injected engine is mated with three electric motors; one at the front and two at the back. The front electric motor delivers a modest torque during hard acceleration and better fuel economy at low speeds. It also houses Honda's brand new 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. The rear electric motors, on the other hand, produces a well-balanced torque through a curve so handling is not so bad after all. That's called torque vectoring and by working together, the electric motors deliver power for standing starts, low-speed cruising, and vigorous rolling acceleration.

The new Legend is the first to come with the breakthrough Honda Sensing, a new array of driver assistive-technologies that allows the driver to sense things they might miss while driver. It features Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Lane Departure Warning, and the exclusive Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System. Those new array of safety systems keeps the Legend in charge of the road while delivering a peace of mind for the occupants inside. Now that's some cleverness but drivers need to be extra careful while taking advantage of these clever features.

The new Legend starts at 6,800,000 Japanese Yen (around $70,000) which sounds more expensive than the Nissan Fuga Hybrid. When compared between these two, you will notice that the Fuga Hybrid is more fuel efficient and more cheaper to own than the Legend even though they both have 7-speed DCT and 3.5L V6 engines but the Legend is more unique than the Fuga because it has the most power and it has four-wheel drive so choosing between these two is a risky gamble and the odds of choosing one is slim because there are so many things to consider about these two but for me, the new Legend is the all-rounder of the two. Although the looks are bothersome, the hybrid powertrain is what got my thoughts and hearts into thinking that this NSX-derived powertrain will gave us hope.

Available colors: White Orchid Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, Graphite Luster Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Pomegranate Pearl, and Gilded Pewter Metallic.

Photo: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

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