The Fit may be the smallest vehicle Honda sells in America, but it’s not its smallest model in Japan. In fact, back home, Honda offers an extended wagon/minivan version called the Shuttle, and it’s just announced a series of revisions for the model.
Just released a couple of years ago, the Honda Shuttle is still relatively new. But there’s always room for improvement. In this case the enhancements come down principally to the safety systems, but there’s more to it.
The latest Honda Sensing suite of electronic aids include eight functions, all standard across the range – regardless of trim or spec. Those include radar and camera sensors for scanning the road ahead, automatic braking, lane departure, adaptive cruiser control, and more.
Along with the Sensing systems, Honda has also installed a revised powertrain in the hybrid model, incorporating a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a seven-speed dual-cluch transmission and integrated electric motor. There’s a conventionally powered version of the same with a CVT, both versions available in either front- or all-wheel drive.
The adaptable cabin space has room for five and features an upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. There’s new LED fog lights as well, but that’s about the extent of the exterior changes. Honda sells about 2,500 of these every month in the Japanese Domestic Market, with prices for the upgraded model ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 million yen – or roughly $16-23k in equivalent American funds.