What Is It?
Honda Urban SUV Concept
What's Special About It?
Honda's Urban SUV Concept is a prelude to a production five-passenger compact SUV that will slot in below the CR-V. It will be built in a new plant in Mexico alongside the next-gen Honda Fit, to be sold first in Japan and then reaching U.S. shores late in 2014 as a 2015 model. So, yes, the production version of the Urban SUV Concept will share its platform with the Fit.
At their press conference, Honda brass spoke of big plans to increase sales volume by 50 percent by early 2017, and that small cars would be at the heart of that effort. The production version of the Urban SUV Concept will presumably be a large contributor to that effort. The words "class-leading performance" and "fuel economy" were spoken, so the Urban SUV Concept makes some pretty big promises. It will be powered by Honda's next-generation so-called Earth Dreams powertrain of indeterminate output and adopts a center-location fuel tank and Honda's easy-to-configure "magic seat."
Its strong family resemblance to the CR-V masks the fact that the Urban SUV Concept is fully 9 inches shorter than its bigger brother. However, this mini-me SUV is not quite as diminutive as the Nissan Juke, which checks in at 7 inches shorter still.
What Edmunds Says: The sheet metal's profile has some strong character lines, and Honda is making big promises. Still, it's far too early to call this one.