Honda has introduced the Jade Hybrid six-seater in Japan before an official launch, set to take place in February this year.

The MPV is available in China since 2013, but now the manufacturer has decided to sell the model in its homeland too. It has a 2+2+2 seat configuration, while in China it is also offered as a five-seater.

The Japanese-spec Jade is powered by Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD hybrid system that consists of a 1.5-liter direct-injection petrol unit and an electric motor with 29.5 HP (22 kW) and 160 Nm (118 Nm), powered by a lithium-ion battery. The powerplant is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. For comparison, the Chinese version of the model is equipped with a 1.8-liter i-VTEC petrol engine.

The Jade has plenty of advanced safety features, such as the Collision Mitigation Braking, the Road Departure Mitigation, the Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Gallery: Honda Jade Hybrid introduced in Japan, goes on sale in February

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