NEW FLAGSHIP BALLADE: Honda has added an Executive variant to its Ballade range priced from R258 000. Image: Honda South Africa
• New Executive flagship
• Six models, three spec levels
• High-efficiency engine
Cape Town - Honda's Ballade sedan range expands locally with the addition of a new Executive version as the automaker's new flagship.
The new Executive derivative is a product of customer demand for an even higher-specced version than the current Elegance variant.
The new derivative adds several new features to the Elegance's already extensive features list.
Most notable from the outside are the larger 16" alloy rims, shod with 185/55 R16 tyres, which immediately distinguish the new Executive.
Included are exterior mirrors which now feature integrated indicators for added visibility and safety while chromed door handles underline the car's smart appearance, says the automaker.
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The Ballade Executive also receives full leather upholstery, while the steering wheel is now adjustable for reach and height.
The flagship uses Honda's 1.5 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and a re-engineered, more efficient constantly variable Transmission (CVT).
The model is equipped with steering column-mounted shift paddles. Honda's "Econ" button on the CVT model adjusts throttle mapping, shift patterns and cruise control operation.
Offered in five colours
The new sedan has a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth and an 18cm touchscreen display.
The offers class-leading levels of active and passive safety. Like the rest of the range, the new Executive is equipped with six airbags - front, side and curtain - as well as seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters.
The Ballade is available in five colours - white, silver, titanium metallic, brown and red.
All units sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a four-year or 60 000km service plan.
Honda Ballade 1.5 Trend - R208 900
Honda Ballade 1.5 Trend CVT - R223 900
Honda Ballade 1.5 Elegance - R237 100
Honda Ballade 1.5 Elegance CVT - R252 100
Honda Ballade 1.5 Executive - R258 000
Honda Ballade 1.5 Executive CVT - R273 000