Based on Honda’s center-tank layout, the Urban SUV Concept has a dynamic design that uses the latest design DNA of the brand while introducing new original elements.
The front end incorporates many of the elements that compose the typical face of the current Honda models, with the center grille tapering towards the bottom and the angular LED headlights integrated in the fascia.
The profile is strongly characterized by the crease line that rises from the front side door up to the C-pillar, where it intersects the curved, descending upper edge of the side windows, giving form to a strong and distinctive graphic signature.
The prominent wheel arches, the large wheels and the sharply-shaped headlights and tail lamps contribute to the overall dynamic look and stance.
At the rear, the surface treatment features a series of three U-shaped lines that create an interplay of convex-concave shapes, framing the license plate area and visually connecting the lower edges of the distinctive tail lamps, which incorporate twin horizontal LED elements.
The production model based on this concept will go on sale in Japan by the end of 2013, followed by sequential introductions in other countries around the world.
In North America, Honda plans to begin production of the compact SUV at the new plant in Mexico, which will become operational in spring 2014, and begin sales in the U.S. before the end of 2014.
The production Urban SUV Concept will be equipped with Honda’s “Earth Dreams Technology”, the next generation powertrain series focused on both driving performance and fuel efficiency, and including gasoline, hybrid and diesel units.
Honda is expecting to sell more than 1.5 million units annually of the three “Global Compact Series” models, namely the Fit, the City and the all-new compact SUV, which utilize the center-tank layout, by the end of 2016.