It's still only available in Japan, though.

For those who love the Honda Odyssey but yearn for a bit more room and crazy Japanese features like a Waku Waku Gate (yes it’s a real thing, we’ll explain in a bit), we present the Step WGN. Unfortunately, unless you live in Japan you won’t be able to buy this quirky-yet-cool family machine, but it’s still worth checking out because, well, look at it. 

2018 Honda Step WGN
2018 Honda Step WGN

The Step WGN entered the Japanese market in the mid-1990s, with the current model getting a complete makeover in 2015. For this mid-cycle refresh, the not-quite-a-mini van gets an updated face in the form of a new grille and front fascia with LED head lights. The tail gate spoiler is also tweaked to add a bit more sport in the design. On the green side, Spada models get Honda’s dual-motor sport hybrid system, while all hybrids get new suspension tuning. Honda Sensing safety systems are also now available as standard equipment across all Step WGN models.

Power wise, Honda offers a 1.5-liter turbocharged mill for the entire lineup, save for the Spada Hybrid which gets a 2.0-liter engine to run with its electric motors. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available, all controlled through a CVT automatic.

 

2018 Honda Step WGN
2018 Honda Step WGN

 

Right now, one might be wondering why this oddly proportioned van would be an option over the much-loved Odyssey. In case you can’t tell by its shape, the Step WGN is bigger, with better accommodations for eight passengers. It’s so big that Honda offers a wheelchair accessible model right from the factory, and then there’s the Waku Waku Gate, which is a Japanese expression for “exciting.” What’s exciting about this gate? Whereas most minivans have a single lift gate, the Waku Waku Gate offers a door not unlike what you’d find on larger passenger vans. Maybe it’s not so exciting after all, but if you’ve ever had to contort yourself to access the third-row seats of a minivan, opening a door at the back to simply climb in could be a thrilling experience.

The new Honda Step WGN is now available in Japan, with prices starting at ¥2,455,920 or $21,830 in U.S. dollars.

Source: Honda

 

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Honda to Begin Sales of Refreshed Step WGN

TOKYO, Japan, September 28, 2017 - 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: http://world.honda.com/automobile-technology/hondasensing/
  • *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):

<STEP WGN>

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price with 8%
consumption tax
B・Honda SENSING 1.5 L
VTEC
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
SPADA HYBRID B
Honda SENSING
2.0L DOHC i-VTEC
+i-MMD  
- FF 3,300,480 yen
SPADA HYBRID G
Honda SENSING
FF 3,350,160 yen
SPADA HYBRID G・EX
Honda SENSING
FF 3,559,680 yen
Modulo X
Honda SENSING
1.5 L
VTEC
TURBO
CVT+ Paddle Shifter FF 3,665,000 yen

<Step WGN Wheelchair-accessible model>

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

<Step WGN with side lift-up seat>

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

<Step WGN with front-passenger lift-up seat>

Type Engine Transmission Drive Price with exemption of consumption tax
G・Honda SENSING 1.5 L
VTEC
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.