Honda is launching this week a new hybrid vehicle in Japan.
Sales of the all-new Honda Jade will begin at dealerships across Japan on Friday this week.
Honda describes the all-new Jade as a six-seat three-row passenger vehicle that features powerful and high-quality driving performance, while realizing minivan-class occupant comfort and utility inside its beautifully formed body with a total vehicle height as low as a sedan.
While Americans might start to say it would be nice to see it here, the car’s origins are actually China and Honda decided to treat its home market to the Jade which debuted in Shanghai in 2013.
Powertrain-wise, the all-new Jade is equipped with the Honda Sport Hybrid i-DCD powertrain, a hybrid system based on the company’s 1.5L direct injection DOHC i-VTEC engine, which, according to Honda, is good for a fuel economy of 25 kilometers per liter (JC08 mode)(58.80 U.S. mpg) in the new Jade.
In China, the Jade come equipped with a 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, but not so in Japan.
The 1.5 liter engine is combined to a 7-speed DCT incorporating a built-in high output motor and IPU with a built-in lithium-ion battery.
Honda added its Jade is equipped with Honda SENSING, Honda’s driver-assist system that expanded its scope of detection to include pedestrians.
SENSING is a system consisting of two types of sensors with different characteristics. One is a millimeter-wave radar located behind the front emblem, and the other is a monocular camera mounted on the upper, inside part of the windshield. With further improvement in performance, the new millimeter-wave radar expanded its scope of detection to include pedestrians regarded as being hard to detect due to their low rate of radio wave reflection, as well as the position and speed of target object.
In the area of active safety, the all-new Jade features the company’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, a Hill-Start Assist function as well as the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) system that warns vehicles following behind of a sudden stop.