A new subcompact Honda crossover due in 2014 will take its cues from the Urban SUV Concept, shown for the first time at the 2013 Detroit auto show.
The concept SUV is just 169.3 inches long, making it nine inches shorter than the compact Honda CR-V crossover. It's styled without any overt SUV influences--instead, the rear doors have hidden handles to give the concept a more coupe-like look.
Honda promises the production version of the Urban SUV Concept will highlight fuel efficiency and flexible interior space, with the Magic Seat from the Fit hatchback an integral part of the package. There's also "next-generation connectivity" on deck; how it will build on Honda's standard Bluetooth and touchscreen interfaces on its current Civic and CR-V compacts hasn't been outlined.
Honda says its new small utility vehicle will go on sale late this year in Japan, with U.S. sales joining in next year, but the new crossover won't be built in either place. Since it's spun off from the next Honda Fit, it will share an assembly line with that hatchback at Honda's new assembly plant in Mexico, under construction and set to open early next year.
Expect a production version to be revealed later this year, at either the New York or Los Angeles auto show.
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