2015 Honda StepWGN goes on sale in Japan – new 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine makes 150 PS, 203 Nm


Revealed earlier this year, the 2015 Honda StepWGN has now gone on sale in its home market of Japan. The fifth-generation van is aimed squarely at the likes of the Nissan Serena and Toyota Noah, Voxy and Esquire. In typical Japanese fashion, the StepWGN features quirky, box-like styling and is offered in three trim levels, B, G and G EX. Two sportier Spada trims are also offered – Spada and Spada Cool Spirit.

Aside from its flexible interior layout, an all-new 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC engine under the bonnet makes this the first Honda model to be equipped with the aforementioned mill – reports have indicated that the next recipient could be the tenth-gen Civic. Total power output for the new engine is rated at 150 PS at 5,500 rpm and 203 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm.

A sole choice of a CVT gearbox is offered with power being transferred to the front wheels – an all-wheel drive system is offered as an option. All this adds up to a JC08 cycle-verified fuel consumption figure of just 17 km/l, the lead figure in its class, according to Honda.

Elsewhere, the 2015 Honda Stepwagon features the trademark “Waku Waku” rear tailgate/doors. Apart from functioning as a regular tailgate, the “Waku Waku” layout boasts a sub-door that opens to the side. Paired with the third-row Magic Seat option with 60:40 split folding function, the sub-door allows for rear passengers to access the last row with greater convenience.


Said Magic Seat layout can even be stored under the floor for situations where a larger cargo area is required. The rest of the “Northern European-inspired” interior boasts a plethora of cubby holes and storage spaces while the “people-friendly” colour scheme and materials employed ensure a laid-back atmosphere.

On the safety front, the StepWGN features the Honda Sensing safety umbrella – a driver-assistance platform that includes pedestrian detection and collision prevention among other functions. Aside from that, a front passenger airbag that stays inflated for longer periods is presented alongside a Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, Hill-Start Assist and Emergency Stop Signal. The latter warns vehicles behind of an emergency stop.

Prices for the 2015 Honda StepWGN begin at 2,288,000 yen (RM69,030) for the base B-spec FWD model while the range-topping Spada Cool Spirit with AWD goes for 3,081,400 yen (RM92,967).

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • Same Lorrrrr on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Come to bolehland becomes RM150k starting

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  • Sam L0rrrr on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I would like to see this van (150PS) to smoke Vios (109PS)

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    • Areyousure on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:57 am

      It definitely will. Your Vios still using the same old junk from the past decade.

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      • lexusjamban on Apr 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

        He is using Camry and Lexus, every months he gets one by his commission.


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  • McLarenHonda on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Wish they will put this engine in the upcoming Accord facelift

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  • sepakTiang on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I want it in Malaysia!!!

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    • thepolygonal on Apr 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Bring it here… slot below Odyssey… price it around HRV (wishful thinking) and you can take my money. And by the way… bring in the S1000 first before this.

      The back door for the Stepwgn is perfect for kids to play masak-masak, can eat nasi lemak on the passenger dashboard, can load elderly person on wheelchair… engine pun 1.5 turbo (easy on road tax)… apa lagi kita mau… besides… being affordable with airbags.

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  • HoeMyGawd on Apr 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Honda Malaysia, please local assemble this van with six airbags, traction control and sell it for less than RM150k. Like the Nissan Serena, sure laku because families want safety.

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  • BYDer on Apr 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    honda refrigerator..awesome!

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  • budakkampung on Apr 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    hmmm.. am i looking at nissan serena? ooopss honda stepwagon.. it does look alike serena to me except for the dashboard, front grill & rear door.. jangan marah aaa honda fanboy.. hahahaha

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Apr 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    150hp only. One hopes that for the 10G Civic, this can be upped a bit, cos the current Civic 2.0 normally aspirated engines makes more power than this already. But 17km/l is excellent indeed!

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    • AVH (Member) on Apr 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Not really a huge drop, 5hp is really not that far off considering the 15Nm extra Torque gained over the current R20Z1 ,at a much lower rpm no less, the true selling point of any turbocharged engine. Thou compare to a benchmarked European engine like the THP150 from the PSA’s Prince engine line or Volkswagen 1.4TSI, the torque figure is still less than stellar. Perhaps due to the lack of a supercharged-turbocharged route or larger 1600cc displacement maybe?

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      • heybadigol (Member) on Apr 24, 2015 at 10:20 pm

        Honda may use the 150ps tune for a “base” car such as a low spec Civic, then perhaps tune it up to 180 or even 200ps for a top of the line spec model, but from the same engine. Cos the spyshots of the new Civic sedan clearly shows twin exhausts. A car with “only” 150ps would not need such sporting intended exhaust.

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  • I still think it is underpowered… the size looks big.. if fully loaded is like dragging a cow to climb a tree

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    • turboFTW on Apr 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Look at the torque, not hp
      The power is more than enough for an MPV. It’s not for high end speed but to push full load. Width wise it’s narrower but heavier than Exora (1695mm vs 1809mm), but it’s adequate.

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  • lol lol lol on Apr 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Lol this is same as serena…but once upon all people say serena looks fugly
    But now here come with serena wanna be stepwgn
    All people say good….
    Typical n pathetic Malaysian…

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    • This MPV is good not because the looks, but for the accessories offer. But if it come to Malaysia with accessories like Serena it will be not so good..hahah

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  • Kancil Hybrid on Apr 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Honda 1.5 VTEC Turbo
    1.5 liter, 150PS, 203Nm

    Proton CFE
    1561cc, 140PS, 205Nm

    Looking at those figures, CFE engine is good comparatively, considering it is a spin off of old Campro engine.

    Good job Proton. Malaysia Boleh!

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    • PotongSiEf E on Apr 24, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Proton have a good and efficient engine for CFE, but pair with sluggish Belgium CVT make the fuel efficient become worst. Still waiting for CFE manual 6 speed.

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  • Jilbaber (Member) on Apr 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Wow..this van is good..too bad I’m no longer a family man…all children have their own car already and I too old to start over again..

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  • Great Salesman on Apr 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Last time Proton Juara kenot sell. Honda Freed also hardly got ppl buy.

    so, this one from H can sell?

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    • price play an important factor IMHO..

      just like last time Jazz jack up its price to 100k++, it becomes less hot cake than it first released Jazz.

      now they learn the lesson to put in full accessories while maintain in 80k+, and become hot cake again.

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  • shawal on Apr 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    HR-V turbo would be an even better proposition

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  • expected the 1.5L turbo honda engine to have better figures than this, though it would hav performance figure closer to the Ecoboost engines by ford but a bit disappointed now. Hopefully the figures would be better when it’s fitted to the New Coming civic

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  • Boxman on Apr 25, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I’m always a fan of boxy MPVs, from Proton Juara to recent Nissan Serena S-hybrid.

    But I have not made any decision on the current mid-class MPV between Nissan Serena and Mazda Biante, in the hope that either Noah or Stepwgn will make their ways to Bolehland to provide us a wider choice over the limited offerings in the market,

    Personally, this generation of Stepwgn looks good and promising, knowing that it is a JDM vehicle leaves me wondering whether will it be possible to own this without having to go thru grey importers…

    Honda Malaysia have been doing great in recent years, perhaps they might give a serious consideration to bring in this model and assemble it locally. Simple enough, take the Spada version, use this 1.5 engine or the current 2.0 ivtec, come up with 2 choices, 7 & 8 seater, price it somewhere below CRV and you should have another champion in mid-class MPV segment.

    I believe this is the dream of many family men and hope HONDA MALAYSIA will listen to our prayers

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  • sulaiman zainudin on Apr 25, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    The LED headlamps are made by Automotive Lighting Malaysia(ALMY)
    ALMY plant is in Batu Kawan

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  • no bad eh, back door works just like ambulance

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  • DPCraft on Apr 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Toyota Noah looks better, come on honda, this car looks very weird !!

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  • altimatesss on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Honda Malaysia,
    If you’re reading, please bring the exact spec here with all the safety features intact. It will sell very well. I can already imagine ferrying my family safely and comfortably in this vehicle.

    I wouldn’t mind switching from my current 2 litre sedan for this and get a hot hatch for my daily use. :)

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    • Daryl on Jan 23, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      I am ready to given my money to Honda if it brings this model here.

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  • Jambawo on Sep 05, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Nice vehicle. What is the price in us dollars

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