Friday, June 19, 2009

Honda Updates Stream MPV, Adds Sporty RST Version to the Range

Honda Updates Stream MPV, Adds Sporty RST Version to the Range

Honda Stream MPV RST 2010It's mid-life facelift time for the Honda Stream, a Japanese market compact MPV with three rows of seats that looks like a cross between a people carrier and a station wagon model. The subtly refreshed Stream gains a restyled front bumper, a new grille, upgraded features and different trim options for the interior plus a revised suspension. In other words, nothing to get excited about. However, Honda did add a new variant to the lineup called RST that attempts to give some 'R-Type' flavor to the compact MPV.

2010 Honda Stream RST And by flavor we don't mean a high-revving four-pot but an exterior styling package that includes among other parts, a new rear bumper with a diffuser and specific tail lights, new 17-inch alloy wheels, body-hugging seats, sportier interior trim with aluminum decor and contrasting red stitching on the leather steering wheel and gear knob along with a sportier suspension setup.

And since the RST is supposed to be "sporty", the Japanese automaker decided to remove the third row of seats for weight saving reasons - that's what Honda supports in its press release. Would of made some sense if the RST was offered with a R-Type powertrain, but since it is available with the same 140HP 1.8-liter and 150HP 2.0-liter i-VTEC engines as the rest of the range, it just makes it less practical and nothing else.

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