Honda Jade Crossing Over To JDM From China
If the Toyota 86 style Cb isn’t your thing — and you need to haul your friends to the “Kill la Kill” convention in Osaka — perhaps the Honda Jade will do.
Paultan.org says the MPV will make the jump from China to Japan this month as a three-row, six-passenger affair. Power for the JDM version is Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD system — found in both Fit and HR-V hybrid models — which pairs a direct-injection 1.5-liter mill with a lithium-ion powered electric motor delivering 29.5 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. The power is fed to the front through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Other features include: collision mitigation; lane-keeping assist; and adaptive cruise control. The Jade is a likely successor to the Stream, which left the local market in 2014.
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I've seen these in China, I always assumed they came from Japan and were designed for that market. A Mazda5 competitor that would have no place in the U.S., but it would fit the Japanese driving situation.
Strangely, Honda also made a 250cc bike called the Jade through the 90s. Either way, the article doesn't make clear that the JDM Jade isn't made in China, they are made domestically, they don't import the Dongfeng Jade's from China. The Chinese model is a 1.8l non-hybrid mated to a CVT, the JDM is hybrid-only mated to a 7-speed DCT.