By Staff Contributor.
An all-new Honda “Urban SUV Concept” vehicle made its world debut at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) in Detroit it will be coming to the U.S. in 2014.
The all-new small SUV based on the Urban SUV Concept will feature fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology and it will 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 provides passenger and cargo options, including a fold-flat mode for maximum cargo capacity so you can fit all your gear. 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.
“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 its 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.
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, as it measures only 169.3 inches long.
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.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Honda.)