Spied - Honda Jade MPV spotted completely undisguised in China
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The production version of the Honda Jade, a compact MPV that made its debut at Auto Shanghai 2013 as a near-production concept, has been spied in China and that without any camouflage.
The Honda Jade was previewed by the Honda Concept S, unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show last year. The car is based on the platform of the third generation Honda Stream which is again a compact MPV.
The production version that was spotted stays completely true to the car that debuted at the Auto Shanghai. The compact MUV has balanced proportions and a low slung appearance.
The China specific car will be manufactured by the Dongfeng-Honda JV. The Jade measures 4,645mm long, 1,775mm wide, 1,500mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,760mm. Honda says the production version will be 99% similar to the concept. And that's apparent from the spyshots.
The car will offer two engine options - a 1.8-litre engine producing 140bhp or a 2.0-litre engine pumping out 170bhp. There is also a possible hybrid variant that could join the lineup in the following years.
Even though the Jade is touted to be a China only model, it makes sense for Honda to replace the aging Stream with the Jade in international markets.
The predicted starting price stands at 150,000 Yuan (around Rs. 13.63 lakhs).