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Honda‘s Japan-only Honda Fit Shuttle just got a whole lot more exciting and sporty thanks to Honda’s cohorts at Mugen. The Fit Shuttle is taller and longer than the Honda Fit we’re used to here in North America, making it more practical but arguably not as appealing to hip youngsters. Fortunately Mugen’s rendition of Honda’s Fit Shuttle puts the sport and fun back into the Fit.
Transforming the Fit Shuttle’s exterior entirely is Mugen’s aerodynamic kit that comes with a front bumper (with optional LED fog lights), a Mugen grille with illuminated “Hybrid” logo, a pair of new side skirts, a rear skirt and a roof spoiler. Optional accessories include carbon fiber mirror caps and a choice of 15- or 16-inch Mugen wheels.
For the interior, Mugen will outfit the Fit Shuttle with a door sign light, carbon rearview mirror cover and two-tone floor mats.
Performance-wise, Mugen offers a sport exhaust system for the Fit Shuttle, a suspension kit to give the Shuttle a lower stance and better handling capabilities, high-performance brakes and sport air filters.
No pricing was announced on any of these accessories.
GALLERY: Mugen Honda Fit Shuttle
Honda of Japan gets a new people schlepper with a familiar name. The Fit Shuttle is a mini MPV that will get two distinctively different powertrains: a VTEC gasoline engine, and a hybrid.
The i-VTEC engine is Honda’s familiar 1.5-liter 4-banger, which is good for nearly 44 miles per gallon—same as the Fit. The hybrid system takes a 1.3-liter engine and pairs it with Honda’s familiar Intelligent Motor Assist, for 59 miles per gallon—again, unsurprisingly, matching figures of the Fit Hybrid.
The Fit Shuttle offers 78 cubic feet of room inside, and seats five. The rear cargo hatch is flush with the floor, allowing for spine-preserving loading. What’s more, the Fit Shuttle will be offered in an all-wheel-drive version. Prices for the Fit in Japan start at approximately $19,943 USD, and $22,420 for the Hybrid.
“In addition,” says Honda, “like a space shuttle, the model can help users fulfill dreams that are out of the ordinary.” We’ll leave that part up to your imagination.
Will the Fit Shuttle come to American shores? Not likely—we’ve got our hands full with the Fit already, and in Europe and Japan where C-segment vans like the Golf Plus and Ford C-Max are wildly popular, the Fit Shuttle works better there. Just ask potential buyers of the Mazda5. Oh wait, you can’t.
Honda has scheduled the June 16 release of its all new Fit Shuttle. The new station-wagon-like variant of the popular Fit subcompact will be offered with both a regular 4-cylinder engine or a hybrid version, the Nikkei business daily reported.
Increased production at the Suzuka factory in Mie Prefecture began in early May and has progressed enough to support the June 16 release date.
Actual deliveries to customers are expected to begin in July, the paper said.
Honda is eager to launch the vehicle, three months after its planned debut on March 18, disrupted by the deadly earthquake.
[Source: Automotive News]