Automotive

Honda presents new Urban SUV Concept

Honda's "Urban SUV Concept" at the North American International Auto Show
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept" at the North American International Auto Show
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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
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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
According to Honda, the vehicle is “the ideal size for navigating both crowded city streets and open mountain roads”
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According to Honda, the vehicle is “the ideal size for navigating both crowded city streets and open mountain roads”
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept" at the North American International Auto Show
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept" at the North American International Auto Show
The production version of the vehicle will reportedly utilize the company's Earth Dreams engine and transmission technology, which is aimed at boosting fuel efficiency while reducing CO2 emissions
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The production version of the vehicle will reportedly utilize the company's Earth Dreams engine and transmission technology, which is aimed at boosting fuel efficiency while reducing CO2 emissions
The vehicle will apparently include “next-generation telematics and a modern interior”
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The vehicle will apparently include “next-generation telematics and a modern interior”
A front view of the Urban SUV Concept
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A front view of the Urban SUV Concept
The vehicle features Honda’s configurable Magic Seat set-up, that allows for various seating and cargo-carrying options
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The vehicle features Honda’s configurable Magic Seat set-up, that allows for various seating and cargo-carrying options
A rear view of the Urban SUV Concept
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A rear view of the Urban SUV Concept
The vehicle will be priced and positioned below the CR-V, within the automaker’s light truck lineup
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The vehicle will be priced and positioned below the CR-V, within the automaker’s light truck lineup
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept" is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept" is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show
Takanobu Ito, president and chief executive officer of Honda Motor Co., at the global debut of the Honda Urban SUV Concept
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Takanobu Ito, president and chief executive officer of Honda Motor Co., at the global debut of the Honda Urban SUV Concept
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"
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Honda's "Urban SUV Concept"

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.

The vehicle will be priced and positioned below the CR-V, within the automaker’s light truck lineup
The vehicle will be priced and positioned below the CR-V, within the automaker’s light truck lineup

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: Honda

3 comments
Bruce Miller
Canadians need a CNG engined 4 wheel electric drive Hybrid for Canadian conditions. It needs to be just high enough to accommodate snowy roads, just low enough for free-way speeds, and doesn't need a top speed exceeding 120 Kph. It needs to accommodate 6 at least, and come with a personal CNG unit for your garage, recharging fuel from home gas lines. It needs a very good windshield de-fogger, interior seat heaters, and rear window defroster. Ideally the body would be a Lotus Hemp type made form legal Canadian Hemp crops and perhaps using University of Alberta's Hemp body technologies. A design centre of 12 years + like our older Volvo's had would be nice, and ski racks a nice option. A Utility service vehicle on the same platform could out sell impractical American Pick - up trucks here. A very much smaller Volvo P-1800 styled two seater on the same chassis would be a big seller in the cities. An easy to park commuter car boxy spacious six seater, Cube vehicle for intercity work might sell well, and built in Canada, for the world?
Jon A.
A CR-V without the passenger or cargo space. No thank you.
chidrbmt
Owning a top rated Fit,welcome the addition of a small awd vehicle in N.W. Montana. Should give Subaru a run for the money in this part of the country with excellent fuel mileage. Very stylish,as well. What took so long?
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