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Honda Urban SUV Concept Debuts in Detroit, Previews Small Crossover Due in 2014 [Updated]

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The Honda Urban SUV Concept made its world premiere today at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. According to the Japanese automaker, its styling, which features clean, taut lines and “hidden” rear door handles, hints at a new small SUV that will be launched at the end of the year in Japan and in 2014 in North America.

Measuring 4,300 mm (169.3 in) long, the new small SUV is 23 cm (9 in) shorter than the compact CR-V, under which it will slot in Honda’s crossover line-up.

It is based on the Global Compact Series platform, which includes the Jazz/Fit subcompact hatchback and the City saloon that’s sold in overseas markets and will use Honda’s fuel-efficient “Earth Dreams” powerplants.

Honda says the production version of the Urban SUV concept will feature “a modern interior and next-generation telematics”. It will also adopt the Fit’s center-fuel tank layout and its “Magic Seat” flexible rear-seat set-up that allows for many configurations based on passenger and load needs.

The production model will be manufactured at Honda's new plant near Celaya in Mexico, which is scheduled to begin operations in the spring of 2014 with an annual capacity of 200,000 units.

By Andrew Tsaousis


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4 Comments:

kachuks said... »January 14, 2013

With the exception of those stupid looking headlights, which are the rage with every car designer, this thing looks pretty good from all angles. I've seen those wheels on something else, though.

Evan M. said... »January 14, 2013

Built in Mexico? :(

Kaz said... »January 14, 2013

It does look good from all angles. The production headlights will certainly be more conservative. I will be in the market for a small CUV next year and was waiting to see this. I can only hope for the 1.8 liter, rather than the meager 1.5, though the CVT would likely be a deal breaker, if no manual is offered.

Larry M said... »January 15, 2013

pretty cool, it kind of looks like a mini mdx, crv, crz

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