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15 January 2013

Honda’s new Urban SUV Concept revealed

The small SUV is based on the Jazz and will sport dynamic styling and flexible interiors

Devesh Shobha
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With almost every other global car manufacturer eyeing the new compact-SUV or the Crossover segment, Honda too has now joined the bandwagon with its new ‘Urban SUV Concept’.

Showcased at the Detroit Motor Show, the new concept car is based on Honda’s Global Compact Series platform, which also unpins the Jazz and the City. The small SUV will be 4.3metres long, making it just 9inches smaller than the CR-V, and will feature Honda’s centre-tank layout that offers excellent room for passengers and flexible storage options.

The concept previews clean styling, dynamic character lines and a strong SUV stance. And it will provide the basis for a fun to drive and efficient compact-SUV with a good design and flexible interiors. Positioned below the CR-V, the all-new small SUV will feature Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology – its latest generation of cleaner and fuel-efficient engines.

With the new Urban SUV Concept, Honda would want to replicate the sales numbers of the Nissan Juke, which has been a success story in itself. In the international markets, the new compact-SUV will compete with the likes of the Juke, Peugeot 2008, Renaut Captur, Chevrolet Trax, Ford Ecosport and Volvo V40 Cross Country.  

As of now, India is not on priority for Honda’s small SUV. Japan will be the first market where the model will be launched by end-2013, and this will be followed by a US market launch in 2014. We may get the model thereafter, and it would be a huge advantage if Honda manages to develop an India-specific sub-4-metre compact SUV.

But can Honda pull it off, TopGearers?

Tags: detroit 13, honda

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