As every red-blooded Honda enthusiast in America champs at the bit for the new Civic Type R - the big H's next performance econo-box, now with VTEC Turbo - back in its native market the OEM is rolling out its new approach to boost in more mundane fare. A 1.5-liter direct-injected mill with Honda's trademark variable valve timing and forced induction will sit in the engine compartment of the Jade RS, a compact minivan sold only in Japan and China.
Honda likens the torque put out by this setup as similar to that of a 2.4L naturally aspirated motor but doesn't make any concrete mention of power. It will, however, be capable of upwards of 43mpg, which in itself is pretty damn impressive - a feat no doubt achieved with the use of a CVT developed specifically for this FF MPV. Surprisingly, the 7-speed trans will also sport paddle shifters.
The RS will be the sporty version of the Jade, and as such will include exclusive chassis and suspension settings like more rigid front and rear suspensions, additional bracing versus other trims, and something called the Agile Handling Assist (AHA) electronic control system, which utilizes brake vectoring to improve cornering and handling. Features such as special badges, 17-inch "noise reducing" rims, and red stitching throughout the interior also allude to the Jade RS's athletic nature.