Honda Launches Upgraded Jade RS In Japan

The letters RS carry a lot of clout for a lot of different automakers, conjuring dreams of hardcore Porsches and turbocharged hot hatches. However, we’re not sure we’d place this one near the top of that list. But as far as minivans go, it’s one tempting piece of forbidden fruit.

What you’re looking at is the new Jade RS that Honda’s rolled out in its home market back in Japan. The minivan was first introduced in 2013 and facelifted in 2016, but now it’s been made to look and feel sportier.

Essentially a larger version of the Civic, the Jade typically comes with six seats distributed across three rows, under a relatively low roofline that we’d likely think of more as a wagon than a minivan. Whatever you want to call it, the new Jade RS reverts to a more traditional five-seat configuration, in apparent response to demand.

Honda’s packed the Jade RS with a long list of advanced driver-assistance systems as part of the Honda Sensing suite, and is offering it in this new shade of “Premium Crystal” orange you see here (exclusive to the RS model), with a black roof for contrast.

Instead of the hybrid powertrain (or the atmospheric 1.8-liter four with which it launched), the RS packs a 1.5-liter turbo four, rated at 148 horsepower and 150 lb-ft (203 Nm) of torque, mated to seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It’s set to reach dealers in Japan this May. But unless you live in one of a handful of Asian markets where the Jade is offered, you’ll have a hard time getting your hands on one.

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  • Oh wow interesting car, I wonder why Honda didn’t sell it at other places.

    The interior is very spartan meanwhile, feel like mid 2000s car.

    • Finkployd

      To be fair it’s prob much smaller and cheaper than the Odyssey – nevermind the trizone climate control, this one doesn’t even have dual zone

      • Krisnadi Imam

        this is an oversized honda Jazz / fit. Not even the size of a civic.

        • Fabián Montiel

          No, it’s based on the Civic.

  • Krisnadi Imam

    they should sell it outside japan

  • erly5

    Some of the cars Honda makes for other markets you wouldn’t give houseroom, but this looks half decent and would surely be worth importing to Europe. There is still a market for this type of vehicle, albeit a dwindling one, but if the car exists anyway for other markets, what have they got to lose?

    • MPV in Europe? That’s a dying market. But yeah not this interior though, looks very basic and lacking features.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Interesting how this has a DCT instead of a CVT

  • Adi

    Hondas version of Peugeots i-Cockpit lol

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    It looks like in between the size of a Fit/Jazz and a Civic in those photos.

    • Krisnadi Imam

      Yes it is… it rides on honda jazz / fit chassis

  • khc

    It’s probably not possible, considering exterior footprint-to-interior size requirements, but it would be nice to see some of this styling rub off on the Fit’s ungainly current design. A slightly-larger footprint for the Fit would help the design, while maintaining its interior space (I’ve often felt a 10 – 15% larger Fit would be more appealing). Anybody remember the Honda “Wagovan”?

  • PlonPlon

    Nice design, Honda! In the 70’s, everything was orange 😉

  • Six_Tymes

    Are they nuts? they aren’t selling this in the states? It would sell like crazy in the US, much more than the ugly Fit

  • PlonPlon

    Oh thanks, Dustin! I learnt something!

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