India bound Honda Urban SUV concept showcased at NIAS

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Honda showcased the India bound Urban SUV Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

The Urban SUV Concept is a global model which features sporty and dynamic design unique to an SUV, while also offering a spacious cabin realized by the Honda-original center-tank layout with high functionality. The exterior design is developed featuring the sharp and sporty character lines of a coupe while maintaining the dynamism of a crossover model to express an emotional and sensual design.

The all-new compact SUV 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 Indian launch could happen mid to end 2014 and Honda may display the SUV at the 2014 Auto Expo.

All-new compact SUV will be available with three types of powertrains – Petrol, hybrid and diesel – Featuring Earth Dreams Technology, Honda’s next generation powertrain series that greatly enhances both driving performance and fuel efficiency at a high level.

The Urban SUV will be localised depending on the region and India will get the 1.5 petrol & 1.5 diesel engine options.

Honda plans 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 Honda-original center-tank layout, by the end of 2016.