By Ronan Glon
Sunday, Aug 25th, 2013 @ 7:03 am
 
Honda has unveiled the facelifted Fit Shuttle, a small five-seater MPV sold exclusively in Japan.
Introduced in 2011 and based on the last generation Fit, the refreshed Shuttle gains a slightly refreshed front end that borrows styling cues from the all-new 2015 Fit. Updates include a new bumper with a larger air dam and a twin-slat grille that puts the family hauler in line with Honda's latest design language. Clear tail lamps, new hubcap and alloy wheel designs and additional paint colors round out the exterior updates.

The cockpit features a large touch screen mounted on the center stack, a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and seats partially upholstered in a suede-like material. Buyers can order a rotating front passenger seat that facilitates getting in and out of the vehicle.

The Shuttle offers 20 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats left up, roughly the same amount as the last-gen Fit hatchback.

Base Fit Shuttles are powered by a 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower, while more expensive variants are fitted with a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 1.3-liter four-banger and a small electric motor. Front-wheel drive models use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and cars equipped with all-wheel drive feature a five-speed automatic gearbox.

On sale now, the Fit Shuttle carries a base price of ¥1,650,000 (about $16,500) in Japan. At the time of writing Honda does not plan on importing the MPV to the United States.