People who need a seven-seater can get moving with these two new MPVs at Singapore Motorshow 2024

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The Nissan Serena e-Power and Honda Step WGN are the latest Japanese MPVs for Singapore families who need a spacious three-row cabin.

These practical people-movers make their local debut at Singapore Motorshow 2024 in Suntec City. 

The new Nissan Serena was designed with the product concept of “Big, Easy, Fun” - big on the inside but compact on the outside (it’s basically the same size as the previous Serena); easy to drive/park and easy for the whole family to journey together; and fun thanks to the EV-like acceleration of Nissan’s e-Power technology. 

The Serena is packed with family-friendly features, so much so that it could be the poster car for our Ministry of Social & Family Development. Said features include a roomy interior with comfy seats, auto-sliding main doors, good air-conditioning, various pockets for digital devices and personal effects, water-repellent seat upholstery, and a dual-opening tailgate for easier loading/unloading of cargo. 

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The head of the household will appreciate the Serena’s wide windscreen, even more generous legroom for the parent behind the wheel who wears the pants, second-generation e-Power performance (with 1.4-litre three-cylinder engine instead of 1.2-litre), and pushbutton-style transmission selector. The new Serena will be available in seven-seater and eight-seater configurations for Singapore. 

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The new Step WGN will be the first official version of Honda’s “big-box” people-mover wagon (that’s what the WGN means) in Singapore. It is a major step-up from the Freed, Honda’s other seven-seater MPV in the Kah Motor range. 

The newcomer comes to town as the high-spec Spada variant, with Honda’s 2-litre e:HEV hybrid drivetrain capable of over 20 kilometres per litre at its most efficient. 

As a mobile “bento box” for the modern Japanese/Singaporean family, the Step WGN provides plenty of configurable cabin space, an assortment of onboard storage points, comfortable seats (including a pair of captain’s chairs in the second row), power-sliding rear doors, and a versatile boot with third-row “Magic Seats” which stow individually under the floor when needed. Too bad the brilliant “Waku-Waku” backdoor of the previous model has been replaced by a conventional powered tailgate. 

The driver is given a user-friendly dashboard, which includes a tidy cluster of controls for the air-con, transmission and electronic parking brake. The infotainment is served up on a 9-inch touchscreen. Outward visibility is excellent, thanks to large windows all around, sizeable side mirrors and a reverse parking camera. The Honda Sensing suite of advanced driving aids makes the Step WGN safer and even easier to drive.

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The Singapore Motorshow 2024 will run from 11 to 14 January 2024 at Levels 3 and 4 of Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Tickets can be purchased online at SISTIC or in person at Suntec Singapore Concourse Level 3. 

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