Honda has revealed the new Honda Legend for the Japanese domestic market. The flagship sedan will go on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun on January 22, 2015.

The fifth-generation Legend, a Honda-badged Acura RLX, features Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system, which combines three electric motors (one front, two rear) with a 3.5 litre V6 engine equipped with Variable Cylinder Management. Max output is 382 PS and Honda says that acceleration is superior to that of a V8 engine. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox does transmission duties.

The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system automatically combines FWD, RWD or AWD with EV Drive, Hybrid Drive or Engine Drive for optimum performance and efficiency. The two rear motors, with 36 hp each, provide torque vectoring drive and deceleration power to the rear wheels in any ratio.


All three motors capture kinetic energy during vehicle deceleration and braking, converting it to electricity to supply a 72-cell, 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack located behind the rear seatback. Fuel consumption is rated at 16.8 km/l in the Japanese JC08 mode

Honda is also proud of the Legend’s new Honda Sensing system. The suite of active safety systems, which first appeared on the US-market 2015 Honda CR-V facelift, has been updated with a world-first feature called Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering (PCMS).

Honda Sensing also includes Collision Mitigation Braking (braking only), Road Departure Mitigation (steering wheel vibrations if stray, corrective input, braking), Lane Keeping Assist (steering assist, vibrations if stray, >65 km/h), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (can come to a full stop and start off again) and Traffic Sign Recognition, among other things.


The big sedan features new lower double-joint double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, with amplitude-sensitive dampers. Thanks to Honda’s proprietary technology for connecting steel and aluminum, all of the door skins are made of lightweight aluminum.

NVH-combating measures include an active control engine mount and tyres with in-built aluminum foil. US-based Krell Industries is the audio supplier for the new Legend, which comes with 14 speakers.

Now here’s the interesting part. Sources within Honda Malaysia have said that the company is studying the feasibility of bringing in the Legend, and that the flagship could either wear Acura or Honda badges. Should that come true, the Legend will join the soon-to-be-launched Hyundai Genesis, another big Asian sedan packed with tech and kit. Perhaps a few units of the Legend might trickle in via grey importers, too.