2013 Detroit Auto ShowIs it a small SUV? A crossover? A Chunky car? Whatever you want to call it, the "Urban SUV Concept" gives us a preview of a new, small SUV model that Honda intends to commercialize in late 2013 in Japan and 2014 in the U.S. Interestingly, it will be built on the same platform as the Honda Fit, which could mean that, like with the Fit, Honda could create hybrid and fully electric versions. But that's just speculation at this point.
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. (source)
Personally, I think it looks a bit like a small cousin of the Tesla Model X, and that's not a bad thing. Now if only Honda made a plug-in version...