Honda will launch the new Step WGN and the new Step WGN SPADA on April 24.
The new Step WGN is the fifth generation Step WGN, and is Honda’s first model to be equipped with a 1.5-liter direct injection VTEC turbo engine. It generates a maximum output of 150ps and a maximum torque of 203Nm, a torque value that is equivalent to that of a 2.4-liter engine. The engine mated to a new CVT realizes a powerful and smooth acceleration, offers quietness, and a comfortable ride that people expect from a minivan even with many passengers and when driving on hilly roads. Furthermore, its fuel economy is top-in-class level at 17km/l (Step WGN G/B FF/JC08 mode).
The new Step WGN features the largest cabin space in this class, as well as the Honda’s original ‘Waku Waku Gate’ (waku waku means ‘exciting’ in Japanese), a door designed to function as a wide tailgate that opens up or as a sub-door that opens horizontally. The Waku Waku Gate combined with the third-row Magic Seat that can be split and stored under the floor enables the third-row passengers to use the sub-door, and be able to get in and out of the car without opening the entire tailgate. It also makes it easier to load and unload cargo.
The exterior design pursues beauty, featuring a box-style design that gives the Step WGN a dynamic and futuristic look. The newness of Waku Waku Gate expresses the design’s asymmetry. The unique chracteristics of each model were highlighted by designing the Step WGN from the rear and the Step WGN SPADA from the front.
For safety package, it is equipped with driver-assistive Honda Sensing system, which includes Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System. These advanced safety features provide an increased sense of security.
It has an overall length, width and height of 4690mm (4735mm for SPADA), 1695mm and 1840mm (1855mm for the 4WD model) respectively.
The price of the Step WGN ranges between 2.288 million and 2.84 million yen, while the Step WGN SPADA ranges between 2.725 million and 3.0814 million yen.
(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)