Honda Step WGN gets more tech and a facelift for 2018MY

Article by Christian A., on October 4, 2017

The first Step WGN was introduced in Japan in the mid-1990s, and the current model is getting a complete makeover in 2015. For this year’s refresh, the massive van’s front fascia will be tweaked, as it gets a new grille with new LED head lights. On the rear, the Step WGN’s tail gate spoiler has been tweaked to make it look sportier. The updates don’t end there. Under the van’s hood will be a dual-motor sport hybrid system, and it will be given a new suspension tuning too.

As for the safety features, all Step WGN models will be getting Honda Sensing safety systems that come as standard. This system includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, Honda LaneWatch. Furthermore, it features blind spot information system, cross traffic monitor, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and many more.

The entire lineup of the Step WGN will include a 1.5 liter turbocharged mill, which doesn’t quite compare to the Spada Hybrid that comes with a 2.0 liter engine for its electric motors. Customers could get it with a front-wheel-drive that comes as standard, but they can also opt for the all-wheel drive - both of these work with a CVT automatic.

Some of you may be wondering why people would choose the Step WGN over the Odyssey, which a lot of people love. Yes, the Step WGN does have an unusual shape, but it also is bigger in case you cannot tell by looking at the photos - measuring at 4,760mm long and 1,695mm wide. Not only does it accommodate eight passengers comfortably, but it is so huge that Honda offers a model with wheelchair access that comes straight from the factory, complete with a Waku Waku Gate. The term translates to “exciting”. Unlike other minivans, this model does not have a single lift gate, but instead it has a door like that on larger passenger vans. This means that it would be easier to access the third-row seats if you have a door like that.

The Honda Step WGN will have a price tag starting at ¥2,455,920 or US$21,830. We can’t think of a more perfect van for large families.

Press Release

Honda to Begin Sales of Refreshed Step WGN

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin sales of a newly refreshed Step WGN on Friday, September 29, 2017 at dealerships across Japan.

The current version of Step WGN has been well-received by many customers especially for its functional cabin space and the revolutionary tailgate mechanism called the Waku Waku Gate (“Waku Waku” is a Japanese expression for “exciting”). Through this minor model change, the Step WGN SPADA received a new exterior look and hybrid types equipped with the Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD*1 two-motor hybrid system have been added to the SPADA lineup. Moreover, all types of the Step WGN Series now feature the Honda SENSINGTM*2 suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment*3, further enhancing the lineup of functional features of Step WGN models.

●Sales plan (in Japan, monthly): 5,000 units
●Key changes:

Renewed exterior design of Step WGN SPADA

Newly-adopted LED head lights express increased sharpness and a front grille designed exclusively for this model expresses an enhanced sense of presence. With these new items, a stylish and dynamic front mask was perfected to further highlight SPADA’s unique characteristics.
Moreover, in consideration of aerodynamics, the form of the tailgate spoiler was modified, which led to the evolution of exterior design in a more sporty direction.
Hybrid types added to the Step WGN SPADA lineup

Hybrid types equipped with the Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD two-motor hybrid system are now available for the Step WGN SPADA. These hybrid types realize both high-quality and powerful driving performance together with top-in-class level*4 fuel economy of 25.0 km/L (JC08 mode*5). Moreover, for the first time among Honda automobiles, SPADA’s fuel economy was certified under the Worldwide-Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Cycle (WLTC) mode*6, measured at 20.0 km/L.
Exclusively-tuned suspensions were adopted for all hybrid types, and performance dampers*7were adopted for the highest grade hybrid type to balance the occupant comfort and driving stability at a high level.
Enhanced functions of Honda SENSINGTM, advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies

With adoption of the Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering function, all eight basic functions*8of Honda SENSINGTM are now available for all types as standard equipment.
Honda SENSINGTM supports safer driving, peace of mind and frontal collision avoidance by alerting the driver through the use of millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera, together with braking/steering control technologies.
Hybrid types feature Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF). By expanding its range of operation to 0 km/h, the system will reduce the burden on the driver while driving on congested highways.
All types of Step WGN SPADA and Modulo X qualify for the "Safety Support Car S - Wide" and all other types of Step WGN qualify as “Safety Support Car S - Basic+” promoted by the Japanese government.
*1i-MMD: Intelligent Multi Mode Drive
*2There are limitations to the capabilities of each function (detecting capability or controlling capability) of Honda SENSING. Please do not overestimate the capabilities of each function and drive safely while always paying close attention to the surroundings. For more details, please visit Honda SENSING website:
*3A version without Honda SENSING is also available for some types.
*4Internal research by Honda (as of September 2017), 1.5L-2.0L class, 7/8-seater minivan models with the vehicle height more than 1,800 mm
*5Tested by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan
*6WLTC (the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Cycles) mode is an international driving mode which consists of three different driving modes -- city driving, suburban area driving and highway driving – allocated proportionally to average driving time in each mode. Fuel economy was tested by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan.
*7Step WGN SPADA HYBRID G・EX Honda SENSING features performance dampers
*8Eight basic functions of Honda SENSING are Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), False Start Prevention, Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Lead Car Departure Notification System and Traffic Sign Recognition
●Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (in Japan):


Type Engine Transmission Drive Price with 8%
consumption tax
B・Honda SENSING 1.5 L
TURBO CVT FF 2,455,920 yen
4WD 2,715,120 yen
G・Honda SENSING FF 2,661,120 yen
4WD 2,898,720 yen
G・EX Honda SENSING FF 2,862,000 yen
4WD 3,078,000 yen
SPADA・Honda SENSING CVT+ Paddle Shifter FF 2,852,280 yen
4WD 3,089,880 yen
SPADA・Cool Spirit
Honda SENSING FF 3,051,000 yen
4WD 3,245,400 yen
+i-MMD - FF 3,300,480 yen
Honda SENSING FF 3,350,160 yen
Honda SENSING FF 3,559,680 yen
Modulo X
Honda SENSING 1.5 L
TURBO CVT+ Paddle Shifter FF 3,665,000 yen

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price with exemption of consumption tax
(3rd row ingress type) 1.5 L
TURBO CVT FF 3,153,000 yen
4WD 3,308,000 yen
(2nd row ingress type) CVT+ Paddle Shifter FF 3,245,000 yen

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price with exemption of consumption tax
G・Honda SENSING 1.5 L
TURBO CVT FF 2,979,000 yen
4WD 3,134,000 yen
SPADA・Honda SENSING CVT+ Paddle Shifter FF 3,111,000 yen

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price with exemption of consumption tax
G・Honda SENSING 1.5 L
TURBO CVT FF 2,912,000 yen
4WD 3,112,000 yen
SPADA・Honda SENSING CVT+ Paddle Shifter FF 3,089,000 yen
The price does not include insurance premium, taxes (excluding consumption tax) and cost related to vehicle registration.
Based on the automobile recycling law, a separate recycling charge will be necessary. The recycling charge includes a recycling deposit (cost necessary to recycle shredder dust, airbags, chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) and information management cost) and a fund management cost.
A version without Honda SENSING is also available for each of following types: B・Honda SENSING, G・Honda SENSING, SPADA・Honda SENSING and SPADA HYBRID B・Honda SENSING.
●Body Colors

・Forest Green Pearl (with extra charge)
・Premium Spice Purple Pearl (with extra charge)
・Obsidian Blue Pearl
・Premium Sparkle Black Pearl (with extra charge)
・Platinum While Pearl (with extra charge)
・Super Platinum Metallic (with extra charge)
・Modern Steel Metallic
・Premium Deep Rosso Pearl (with extra charge)
・Blue Horizon Metallic
・Milk Glass Pearl
・Christal Black Pearl

*Some colors are not available for certain types.
*37,800 yen (35,000 yen excluding 8% consumption tax) charge for Forest Green Pearl, Premium Spice Purple Pearl, Premium Sparkle Black Pearl, Platinum While Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic and Premium Deep Rosso Pearl.
*Colors available for Modulo X Honda SENSING are Premium Spice Purple Pearl, Premium Sparkle Black Pearl, Platinum While Pearl. The 37,800 yen (35,000 yen excluding 8% consumption tax) extra charge mentioned above is included in manufacturer’s suggested retail prices.

Source: Honda

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