- All-new Acura RLX-based Legend confirmed for 2014 unveiling
- Honda Sensing driver-assistance system to headline new technologies
Honda has today offered the first official word that its next-generation Legend will debut before the year is out.
The news comes as part of an announcement that Honda will also launch a new ‘Sensing’ system with the new Legend, “to go on sale in Japan before the end of this year”.
Packed in with today’s press release is a rendering of a Honda-badged sedan that bears a clear resemblance to the new Acura RLX that first appeared as a concept in 2012, along with a photo of the RLX equipped with a 'Sensing' prototype.
The RLX has since gone on to headline the Acura line-up in North America, although it has long been believed to also preview the new Legend.
Whether the new Legend’s stying will be identical to that of the RLX is unclear, although the rendered image offered today reveals only minor changes.
In the US, the Acura RLX is driven by Honda’s 231kW 3.5 litre ‘Earth Dreams’ V6, matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto and a front-wheel-drive layout.
A more powerful version is also offered, with the extra power provided by a trio of electric motors: one 35kW unit integrated with the transmission, and a pair of 27kW motors positioned at the rear wheels.
Whether we’ll see the all-new Legend on local roads, and in what specification, is unclear. TMR has reached out to Honda Australia for comment.
Honda Sensing: New Driver-Assistance System
Honda has also revealed details of its new Sensing system, which will debut with the Legend in Japan this year before reaching other models in in 2015.
The new driver-assistance technology, described as “another step toward the realisation of a collision-free society”, uses two types of sensors to deliver enhanced detection of obstacles in the road ahead.
One sensor is a millimetre-wave radar located behind the grille, while the other is a monocular camera mounted at the inside top of the windscreen.
Honda says the millimetre-wave radar offers greater detection of pedestrians that would otherwise be hard to detect, due to their low rate of radio-wave reflection, along with their position and speed.
The monocular camera works together with the radar to identity attributes and sizes of pedestrians and other objects inside a 60-metre range.
The introduction of these components brings six new functions to the driver-assistance system, including ‘Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System’, allowing the vehicle to control steering and braking if a collision is deemed imminent.
Other elements of the Sensing driver-assistance system include Collision Mitigating Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Traffic Sign Recognition, False Start Prevention and Lead Car Departure Notification.
Interestingly, the ‘Lead Car Departure Notification’ is described as a system that can notify the driver in standstill traffic when the vehicle in front has moved off.
(Perfect for those deeply involved with composing a Facebook post about the maddening traffic congestion today…)
As for the new Legend, watch for details of a wider launch - potentially including Australia - to surface in the coming weeks or months.