Honda has unveiled the fifth generation Legend in Japan and, as expected, its looks a lot like the Acura RLX, albeit one that’s only offered in hybrid AWD form.
The new Honda Legend is available in Japan in a single specification. Priced at ¥6.8 million, the new Legend features an all-wheel drive hybrid drivetrain featuring a 3.5-litre V6, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and two independent electric motors for the rear wheels.
There are three operating modes for the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system. In EV Drive, the two rear motors are solely responsible for propelling the Legend. In Engine Drive, the petrol motor works by itself, transforming the car into a front-wheel drive vehicle. And Hybrid Drive does exactly what you’d expect.
By themselves the 3.5-litre V6 develops 281kW (382PS), while each of the electric motors is rated at 27kW. The V6 engine can shut down one bank of three cylinders under light throttle loads to help with fuel economy. Under the JC08 testing scheme, the new Legend is said to achieve 16.8L/km (5.95L/100km or 39.5mpg).
The new Honda Sensing system combines radar and a single forward-facing camera to detect pedestrians and other obstacles; can brake, steer or accelerate the Legend as necessary; and can also warn the driver via visual, aural and tactile feedback.