Opinions were divided about the Honda Urban SUV concept at the Detroit motor show. It’s looks were strangely finished and production ready, yet the car on the stand was a distinctly old-school concept, being made of glass-fibre and tape with no visible interior.
Martin Winterkorn, VW’s boss, and his gang of product-quality bods got shooed off the Honda stand when they tried to open the doors.
Takanobu Ito, Honda’s president, says he believes that the company’s future lies in small cars and that about a third of his extraordinarily ambitious plan to produce six million vehicles by 2017 will be tiddlers like the Jazz or the Urban SUV concept.
The Urban SUV concept will join a growing segment of the market and will be based on the next generation Jazz model. There’s a new $800 million plant going into Celaya, in the Guanajuato state in Mexico, which will turn out Jazz and its crossover sister by the train load each day.
Honda’s CR-V compact SUV is going to be getting a baby brother. The automaker had previously provided some teaser images of the vehicle, but officially unveiled it yesterday at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Currently known simply as the “Urban SUV Concept,” the five-door vehicle has a length of 169.3 inches (430 cm), making it nine inches (22.9 cm) shorter than the CR-V. According to Honda, this is “the ideal size for navigating both crowded city streets and open mountain roads.”
A vehicle based on the Urban SUV Concept will be launched in Japan by the end of the year, with a US release following next year.
It will reportedly utilize the company’s Earth Dreams engine and transmission technology, which is aimed at boosting fuel efficiency while reducing CO2 emissions. Additionally, it will feature the Fit’s center-tank layout – which maximizes interior space within a compact vehicle – along with Honda’s configurable Magic Seat set-up, that allows for various seating and cargo-carrying options.
Finally, the vehicle will also include “next-generation telematics and a modern interior.”
The “son of the Urban SUV Concept” (for lack of a better name) will be priced and positioned below the CR-V, within the automaker’s light truck lineup. It will be manufactured alongside the Fit at Honda’s newest North American plant near Celaya, Mexico, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.
You can check out the Concept in our photo gallery, and in the video below.
Source - telegraph.co.uk, Honda
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