Words: Rohan Patil
Honda has started testing its new compact SUV, which is based on the Urban SUV concept shown earlier. The Ecosport rivaling compact SUV from the Japanese auto giant was caught on video while being tested in Germany.
The Honda Urban SUV concept was showcased at this years Detroit auto show. This concept is expected to move into production and
launched in the Tokyo Motor show in November 2013.
The production version of this compact SUV is expected to follow the styling theme of the concept. In its concept form the SUV is 4300mm long, which is more than 4 meters, and may have to undergo a surgery to avail of the duty cut in India. It is being said that both exterior and interior styling is likely to differ slightly between various global markets. This compact
SUV can be powered by Honda’s new 1.5-litre diesel engine that powers the Honda Amaze.
Honda is also working on a new MPV based on the Brio platfrom, which will be unveiled soon.
Autocar India has quoted that Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has previously described the global small car platform as strategically very important to Honda’s bid to boost sales from about four million units to seven million annually by 2017.
Expected to go on sale in Europe, Asia and America, this new SUV will be dynamic and sporty, and spacious and functional at the same time and will compete with Ford Ecosport, Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the new compact Honda SUV.