A senior official at Dongfeng-Honda recently confirmed that a production version of Honda’s Concept S minivan would premiere at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, to be held between April 21 and 29, with market launch expected in the second half of the year.
Debuted at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the concept S was developed on basis of the Civic compact. 4600mm long, 1685mm wide, and 1550mm high, it comes in two versions: a 5- and 7-seater. The "S" in its name implies that it is a precursor to the third generation Stream, a minivan slotted below Odyssey in the Japanese market. The upcoming Chinese-built third-gen Stream, from Dongfeng-Honda, is tipped to be called "Siyun," a local rendering of "Stream."
Honda currently rolls out two minivan models in China, the Odyssey, at GAC-Honda, and Elysion, at Dongfeng-Honda, both sharing platform with the Accord mid-size. The third-gen Stream will be produced alongside the Civic in Dongfeng-Honda’s Wuhan factory, and is expected to get its 1.8L and 2.0L engine choices. Hybrid versions are also planned, although they will not be released next year.
Targeting mainly VW Touran, Mazda5, and Toyota E’Z (Verso), the third-gen Stream will have an estimated price range of 150,000 -200,000 Yuan.