Monday, June 2, 2014

Honda Stream discontinued - last 1.8L engine-powered JDM Honda dies

Farewell to the Honda Stream (2000-2014)

The last of the 1.8L engine-powered Hondas to be offered in Japan, the Honda Stream, is sadly extinct. The Japanese automaker pulled the plug on Honda's Civic-based compact MPV and in addition to the discontinuation of the Stream, it signals the end of the era of 1.8L engine-powered Hondas offered for the Japanese market.

R18A engine
Of course, you can have a 1.8L Honda in countries outside of Japan but in this blog, remember; if there's a car not offered on its home country, I don't tackle it. So anyway, it's a sad farewell to the R18A engine from Honda. It has been around since it was launched at the final-generation JDM Honda Civic since late 2005, for 9 years. Our Japanese Honda fans will surely going to miss this 1.8L i-VTEC engine.

(Details on the R18A engine: http://asia.vtec.net/Engines/R18A/)

Anyway, there's going to be a replacement for the Honda Stream coming this year and even though there are rumors that it will be called "JADE" after the Jade Concept as seen on the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, this replacement is believed to come with the same 1.5L hybrid+7-speed DCT setup as seen from the latest-generation Fit and the Vezel. There's also rumors that Honda's newly developed 1.5L VTEC TURBO engine will be on the cards but about the rumored hybrid model, it's going to take a lot of work for Honda to rework the 7-speed DCT ever since it had problems with the owners of the new Fit Hybrid and Vezel Hybrid, prompting Honda to recall those models.

The first Stream was launched in late 2000 and uses the EP Civic as its basis. The second-generation model was launched in 2006 and it's based on the FD Civic (the last Civic to be offered in Japan).

2 comments:

Visitor from Johor Bahru, Johor said...

is honda stream discontinue?

orangehonda said...

here is an archive of my Honda Stream RN6 1.8X journey and technicalities of the honda R18 engine

orangehonda.tumblr.com

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