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Honda Urban SUV concept revealed in Detroit [video]

Previews a production model

Honda has officially unveiled the Urban SUV concept at the North American International Auto Show.

Designed to preview a production model that will be launched in Japan in late 2013, the Urban is a fuel-efficient crossover with an aspirational design. Speaking of the latter, the concept has a rounded appearance which is only interrupted by a questionable front fascia. While the model will surely be toned down for production, the concept has LED headlights, massive alloy wheels and a trunk-mounted spoiler.

Interior pictures were not released, but Honda says the crossover will have a modern cabin with next-generation telematics and a rear seat that can be folded flat to maximize cargo space.

Detailed specifications haven't been released, but Honda said the model will have Earth Dreams Technology and ride on the Global Compact Series platform which currently underpins the City and Fit.

Source: Honda

Honda "Urban SUV Concept" Makes World Debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

All-new Honda concept model previews addition to growing small-SUV segment and demonstrates Honda's small-car expertise

An all-new Honda "Urban SUV Concept" vehicle made its world debut today at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The dynamic and youthful concept hints at the styling direction of an all-new small SUV slated to launch in Japan by the end of 2013, followed by the U.S. market in 2014.

"No one has had greater success with small cars than Honda, and this Urban SUV Concept will create new value in the growing small-SUV segment," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda. "With the continued expansion of our North American manufacturing operations, we expect fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive 'small' cars to play a key role in meeting the needs of our customers in the U.S."

The Urban SUV Concept is intended to provide the basis for a fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient small SUV with aspirational design, flexible packaging and next-generation connectivity targeting active lifestyle customers. The concept showcases clean and sophisticated styling, dynamic character lines and a strong stance, with hidden rear door handles giving the SUV a coupe-like presence. Measuring 169.3 inches long, the Urban SUV Concept is nine inches shorter than the Honda CR-V, making it the ideal size for navigating both crowded city streets and open mountain roads.

The Urban SUV Concept represents the expansion of vehicles based on Honda's Global Compact Series, which includes the Honda Fit subcompact and the Honda City subcompact sedan, a model sold in markets outside the United States.

All-New Small SUV Launching 2014
Coming to the U.S. in 2014, an all-new small SUV based on the Urban SUV Concept will feature fuel-efficient Earth Dreams™ Technology and be priced and positioned below the CR-V within the Honda light-truck lineup. Part of Honda's Global Compact Series, and utilizing the Honda-original center-tank layout featured on the Fit, the model will include Honda's configurable Magic Seat® setup that can provide a host of passenger and cargo options, including a fold-flat mode for maximum cargo capacity. The all-new model will also feature next-generation telematics and a modern interior.

The small SUV will be manufactured along with the Fit at Honda's newest North American plant near Celaya, Mexico, expected to open in the spring of 2014. The growth and expansion of its small-vehicle lineup will help Honda double worldwide production of vehicles in its Global Compact Series to more than 1.5 million units by the end of 2016, and remain a global small-car leader.

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Comments (5)

 KheirFrancis KheirFrancis
Please let this be a new entry Crossover, or if anything it might be the crosstour for 2014
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January 15, 2013 3:59 am
 schizo schizo
So Honda realizes that the CR-V has grown out of control and decides to re-join the compact SUV race again...
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January 14, 2013 10:41 pm
 Lennox.... Lennox....
this is defitnetly intresting! it has the same wheel base as the RDX :D
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January 14, 2013 5:46 pm
 peterg peterg
Will Honda ruin it and not realise this car
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January 14, 2013 5:26 pm
 AlexHohDesu AlexHohDesu
Me like that interior... But is it me, or does this car looks production ready. I mean slap in common 18" and a more conventional headlamps and is good for the showroom.
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January 14, 2013 3:06 pm