The Honda StepWGN has been refreshed for the Japanese market, with the Waku Waku Gate-equipped MPV receiving a range of updates to its styling as well as list of technologies.

Starting with the latter, the StepWGN in Spada guise is now available with the Honda Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. The system consists of a 2.0 litre Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, i-MMD electric motor, e-CVT and a lithium-ion battery.

The internal combustion engine is rated at 145 PS and 175 Nm, whereas the electric motor serves up 184 PS and 315 Nm. Drivers will have access to several drive modes, including an electric-only option, and Honda claims a fuel economy of just 25 km per litre (JC08 mode).

The Spada Hybrid variants also get a special tuning for the suspension, and in its highest trim level (G EX Honda Sensing), performance dampers are fitted to balance occupant comfort and high-speed driving stability.

As for non-hybrid variants, the L15BF 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine continues to be of service here. It churns out 150 PS and 203 Nm, and is paired with a conventional CVT. Depending on the selected variant, all-wheel drive is available as an option (FWD is standard), with the only exceptions being the Modulo X Honda Sensing variant and all Spada Hybrid ones.

Moving on, the Honda Sensing suite also makes its way into the StepWGN, which includes a range of driver assistance and safety systems. There are eight basic functions within the Sensing suite, and all of them are standard across the range.

These include 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.

However, hybrid variants get a Low-Speed Follow (LSF) function to enhance the ACC, which has a range of operation starting from 0 km/h. The system is said to reduce the burden on the driver when driving on congested highways.

As for the styling changes, the StepWGN Spada receives new LED headlights, a three-tier front grille, a sharper front bumper, reshaped lower grille and a tweaked tailgate spoiler for improved aerodynamics. The MPV can also be had with Modulo bits, should customers want a to spruce things up a bit.

Prices for the 2018 Honda StepWGN start at 2,455,920 yen (RM92,171) for the base, front-wheel drive B Honda Sensing variant while the range-topping Modulo X Honda Sensing goes for 3,665,000 yen (RM137,488).