By on February 11, 2015

Honda Jade 02

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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25 Comments on “Honda Jade Crossing Over To JDM From China...”


  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Kind of hard to believe that’s a Honda, coming from China as it is. All in all, not a bad looking rig.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Look guys, if you want someone to make references to anime that actually make some sense, I’m right here.

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      “KIRYUUIN SATSUKI!”

      “MATOI RYUKO!”

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Yeah, basically 24 episodes of that and pseudo-political nonsense about clothing! Was definitely quite an experience.

        • 0 avatar
          RHD

          Special thanks to my teenage daughter, who is an aficionado and connoisseur of anime and Asian culture, for the reference.

          Personally, my anime experience is limited to the source of my avatar.

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          I don’t know how I got into KLK in the first place, but once I did, I was obligated to watch the whole series as it came out. It was …entertaining, which is really all I ask for in a show. I like all the memes it spawned.

          Cowboy Bebop, on the other hand, was incredibly relevant to my interests from the get-go. If I could, I’d remove the memory of watching it from my mind so I could do it again fresh. It was that good.

          “Bang…”

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            Cowboy Bebop is the one anime that stands out to me as a show that can easily be enjoyed by people who normally aren’t fans of anime. There are no big-headed doe-eyed schoolgirls or underaged sexual situations or teenage angst, none of that nonsense. Just a crew of fun characters traveling through space and meeting more fun characters.

          • 0 avatar
            kuman

            Seitokai Yakuindomo and azumanga daioh try that one, u might like it

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            @NoGoYo: Something that helps that is the very “Western” art style, and the fact that it uses very few typical conventions of the genre (fight scenes are actually choreographed, few exaggerated expressions, etc.)

            Not to mention the awesome soundtrack. I’m a very aural person; the soundtrack of any work is almost as important to me as anything else.

    • 0 avatar
      John R

      Apparently, Kill la kill and Attack on Titan are ones I need to catch up on.

      It’ll have to wait until I’m done re-watching Deathnote.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Upgrade that hybrid powertrain to 1.8 liters of gas engine and 50+ hp of electric power, and you’d have yourself a prettier Prius V competitor.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    It looks like a brown 2006 Civic wagon, which might appeal to some.

  • avatar
    TangoR34

    Saw one in Shanghai last year it’s more like a US Civic Hatch and it’s very good looking. The Crider, the other Chinese exclusive Honda, is a different story.

  • avatar

    So…it’s like a big Fit…

  • avatar
    Sjalabais

    As the happy owner of a 2002 Stream 1.7 I really like the looks of this Jade. Very similar to the latest Stream, yet it appears to have grown significantly. If your Japanese correspondant can do a test drive, I’d read that with great interest.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      As opposed to a Toyota Venza competitor? ;)

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        Is it as big as a Venza? I saw something over there wearing a Honda badge that had the proportions of the Mazda. I assumed it was this car.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I mean it has to at least be that big, if it’s a 6-seater. The Venza only does 5!

          Wikipedia will help.

          Jade:
          Wheelbase 2,760 mm (108.7 in)
          Length 4,660 mm (183.5 in)
          Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
          Height 1,500 mm (59.1 in)

          Venza:
          Wheelbase 109.3 in (2,775 mm)
          Length 189.0 in (4,801 mm)
          Width 75.0 in (1,905 mm)
          Height 63.4 in (1,610 mm)

          …wow the Jade is tiny. Six Americans no fit in there. This is more like a successor to the 4WD Civic 5-door.

          • 0 avatar
            Sjalabais

            Interesting choice of words. “Tiny” for Americans is pretty huge to the rest of the world – it’s an almost 5m long car!

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Add another 2m and we’ll be at pretty huge. 5m is a small car!

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            Yeah, I think this is the Honda I recognized. Similar to the Mazda5. What makes both these cars look similar to me is how narrow they are for minivans. The Venza is a lot wider.

            Mazda5:
            Wheelbase 2,751 mm (108.3 in)
            Length 4,585 mm (180.5 in)
            Width 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
            Height 1,615 mm (63.6 in)

  • avatar
    L'avventura

    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.

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