Remember Honda's nifty EV-N concept from the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show? Honda has updated it for 2011 in the form of this, the N Concept 4. Like the EV-N, this showcar harkens back to Honda's original N series of minicars from the 1960s, typified by the N360.

The N Concept 4 was a surprise presentation from the automaker, and while Honda is not yet issuing further details about it, officials tell Autoblog that this car will go into production next year as the next model in its growing N series of Kei cars. The production version will undoubtedly be powered by a 660cc gasoline engine, though whether it will receive some sort of forced induction is an open question.

We love the car's mix of rounded features as they disguise the overall form's boxy proportions and we hope Honda can find a way of preserving the N4's bright-eyed, friendly face when they make the inevitable switch to production lighting. Check out all the cuteness in our high-res gallery.


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      frost54661
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The production version will undoubtedly be powered by a 660 cubic-inch gasoline engine," 660 cubic inches? Holy smokes that thing has to fly. Proofread much Autoblog?
        Dean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @frost54661
        I'm guessing it'd probably be a 660cc motor, but a 660ci could be a hell of a lot more fun...
        Vergenbuurg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @frost54661
        Mmmm.... 11L Big-Block Honda power...
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the perfect example of why Honda should go back to doing what it does best; small cars. This is arguably the best looking car designed by Honda in the last 5 years, with the exception of the NSX II and (in my opinion, please don't downvote or quote telling me why I'm wrong) the ILX (in terms of design; as a car, with the exception of the 2.4, it's a letdown). Honda has had a tendency lately to go overboard with their larger cars (RL, TL, Accord) and put extra lines and whatnot. I wonder what's keeping Honda from being simple and minimalist with those cars, while they seem to be doing so freely with the majority of their small cars. I'd buy an Accord from then in a heartbeat, without consideration of competitors if they could design it with the same charm and character that this N Concept 4 does.
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish I could buy this car for San Francisco. I would hug it and squeeze it and call it George.
      ZOZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm; it's when Honda Officially beats Kia. This thing takes the "ugliest car" title from the Soul...
      Steve H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best looking new Honda design I've seen in the past few years.
        John S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Steve H
        If Honda is going to go modern-retro, for the US market they need to evoke the 1st Generation Civic, as the N is not well known here. If they did it, and did it right, they might finally win me back after a as a customer after a near 20 year hiatus.
      itsmeRay
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many other cars does this thing look like? Soul, Mini Cooper, 500. Not pretty.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @itsmeRay
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        Gilberto Cedolia
        • 3 Years Ago
        @itsmeRay
        looks like an over-square 500
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @itsmeRay
        How about the original? It's a dead ringer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_N360 Who looks like who?
      Vergenbuurg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fantastic. Even though I view my automotive tastes as rather eclectic, a large part of my heart is reserved for miniscule, well-designed taut little urban hatchbacks. If they can keep the weight really low, and offer a revvy little engine with suitably sporty power, I think I'd probably want one. Pity it'd never see the light of day in the United States, though :(
      Spotted Cow
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who says boxy can't be sexy?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      midnitz
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think they should make the beat again
      aatbloke1967
      • 3 Years Ago
      Harks back to the old Honda N600 - terrific!
      KeiCarLvr
      • 3 Years Ago
      For some reason, reminds me of the Mini Cooper. I think it's the lights. Oh well, if they brought it here, maybe it could give the Smart and the Fiat 500 a run for it's money? Just speculation…
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