Honda’s Fit platform has been a big success, especially here in Malaysia. I am not sure if everyone knows this, but the Honda City and the Honda Jazz is basically the same platform, in a sedan and hatchback form respectively. The City is basically a Jazz with a boot. In Japan, the City is known as Honda Fit-Aria or Honda Fit Sedan while the Jazz is known as the Honda Fit.

The Fit platform also has an Station Wagon form, the Honda Airwave.



The car is known as Fit Wagon in Japan. It was just launched in April 2005 in Japan, so I don’t expect it to be available anywhere in local shores soon.

The Fit chassis has been extended by quite a bit to convert it into a station wagon. It looks much like a miniature version of the Honda Stream.

A sporty interior, very similiar to the Honda City and Honda Jazz interior. Expected since they come from the same platform.

Seats up.

Seats down. The back can fit a bicycle standing up!

This is a clearer view of the back of the wagon. I wonder if it could be converted into an MPV if you added extra seats at the back. Would be a good budget Honda MPV.

Anyway let’s get on to the technical specifications. The figures are very similiar to the Jazz/City.

Specifications

Engine Code: L15A
Engine Type: 1.5L VTEC 16 Valves SOHC
Engine Capacity: 1496cc
Bore x Stroke: 73.0mm x 89.4mm
Compression Ratio: 10.4:1
Max Horsepower: 110ps/5800rpm
Max Torque: 143Nm/4800rpm
Transmission Type: CVT Auto (with 7 Speed Steer-Shift for “L” grade)
Fuel Consumption (Japan 10-15 Mode): 18.0Km/L (FWD)
Exterior Dimensions (L x W x H): 4350mm x 1695mm x 1505mm
Interior Dimensions(L x W x H): 1930mm x 1390mm x 1250mm
Wheelbase / Ground Clearance: 2550mm / 150mm
Track (Front / Rear): 1465mm / 1465mm
Min. Turning Radius: 5.1m (FWD)
Kerb Weight: 1160 – 1190Kg (FWD)
Tyre Specification: 195/55R15 84V

The Japanese spec Airwave uses the same 1.5 VTEC engine in the Jazz VTEC and City VTEC here. i-DSI versions should be able to be introduced easily.

I think the Honda Airwave has the potential to do well here if Honda Malaysia could come up with a way to turn it into a 7-seater. It could be great as a competitor to the Toyota Avanza, which seems to be sweeping away the market. Honda also has no competitors to the Toyota Innova for the moment. Honda has alot of holes in the market segments to plug.

I will be posting photos of a Mugen version of this Airwave soon… so stay tuned!