2022 Honda Step WGN loses the Waku Waku Gate


The fantastic Waku Waku Gate has been ditched for a boring pikuniku gate.

Honda has revealed the 6th generation Step WGN minivan for its home market with new styling and upgraded onboard technology. Pricing is yet to be announced, but pre-orders will commence in Feb 2022. The new Step WGN will come in three flavors: Step WGN Air, Step WGN Spada and Step WGN Spada Premium Line.

The new Step WGN looks boxier than ever before with an upright front fascia—inspired by SUVs. Another significant change is that it has ditched the three-way tailgate (Waku Waku Gate) in favor of a generic one that just opens upwards. The Spada tries to look sporty with a larger upper grille and a mesh pattern on the lower grille. It also sports more bling with additional chrome applications, but personally, I prefer the cleaner looks of the Air.

Inside, space appears to be generous, especially for the second-row occupants. The Step WGN Spada appears to get captain’s chairs for the second row with multiple adjustment options to make yourself as comfy as possible. As for materials, the Air gets fabric upholstery, while the Spada features a combination of fabric and synthetic leather. The Spada Premium Line boasts a combination of suede-like leather and synthetic leather. Also, the honeycomb pattern on the air vents reminds us of those on the new Civic. Other features include a 11.4-inch central touchscreen (claimed to be largest in the segment in Japan), an optional 15.6-inch rear-seat entertainment display, standard electrostatic touch rear sliding doors, and Honda Sensing suite of active safety and driver assistance systems.

Honda is yet to share the powertrain details, but you can expect a hybrid option with pure EV mode.

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