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    The all-new model will also feature next-generation telematics and a modern interior.

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The Honda Urban SUV Concept in Detroit is a high priority for the Australian arm.

The Jazz-based baby SUV is 4.3m long, or 228mm shorter than the CR-V, which Honda says makes it “the ideal size for navigating both crowded city streets and open mountain roads”. Honda Australia general manager Stephen Collins says the small SUV segment is a growth area and would be an ideal addition to the company’s fleet. 

“This vehicle is high on our wish list however we have no timeframe for its introduction to Australia," Collins says. Honda has announced the car will go on sale in Japan by year’s end and will then be progressively rolled out around the globe, but hasn’t announced timing for right-hand drive models. 

The vehicle will be sold with petrol, diesel and hybrid powerplants and forms part of Honda's Global Compact Series line-up, which includes the Jazz hatch and City sedanThe Urban SUV adopts the central fuel tank layout used on the Jazz and will use the “Magic Seat” set-up that maximises passenger and cargo configurations, including a fold-flat mode to maximise carrying capacity. 

The all-new model will also feature next-generation telematics and a modern interior. Honda America’s sales executive vice-president John Mendel says the “fuel-efficient and fun to drive small cars” like the Urban SUV Concept will play a major role in meeting customer demand. 

“No one has had greater success with small cars than Honda, and this Urban SUV Concept will create new value in the growing small-SUV segment.” The car will be priced and positioned below the CR-V and will be fitted with the latest telematics and a modern interior, though blacked-out windows on the show car prevented a look inside. 

The front end borrows styling cues from the new CR-V, though the dramatically swept back headlamp design is unlikely to make it into production. The rear door handles are hidden and the car’s chunky looks are offset by a curved, coupe-style roof and prominent character line tapering from the front guards to the base of the rear windows.

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  • Love it Love it Love it! My 1st ever car that I bought was Honda Civic hatch 2013 model! I am in love with it! I always had bigger cars so this is my 1st small car to own. I have always imagined how cool would it be if the current Civic Hatch shape came as a SUV and WHAT DO YOU KNOW! It is coming! Thank you Honda just hurry up with the production and what ever you do! Do not simplify the look of the car! There is nothing more frustrating when you the concept model and then the disappointment comes along with factory-released model! PS make sure that Australia is one of the 1st countries to get it! Because I am buying one for sure! PS we love dogs in Aus so try and make it user friendly so that my dogs can’t trash the interior/boot space of the car!

    Aleksandar Romanov of Gold Coast Australia Posted on 12 January 2014 10:02am
  • Looks brilliant, great to see the great car maker making a return with great designs, CR-Z, Civic Euro are brilliant. Needless to say they will be beautifully built, brilliant to drive and be bullet, possibly make its way into our garage like many Hondas before

    Mark of Auckland, NZ Posted on 28 February 2013 3:54pm
  • Had a VW Passat bought new in 1974, the engine blow up within 2 years, have a friend bought the new VW Golf diesel, guess what the head was warped in 6 months, sorry but I told him not to touch European rubbish. My whole family has owned Honda models for years without a single problem. Happy MDX owner

    Harps of WA Posted on 27 February 2013 12:12am
  • Who wrote this rubbish: "the car will go on sale in Japan by year’s end and will then be progressively rolled out around the globe, but hasn’t announced timing for right-hand drive models." So the Japanese drive left hand drive cars do they???

    Harps of WA Posted on 27 February 2013 12:04am
  • Will it be available in an Automatic, Diesel? Currently, I have a Blooody Blue Polo. Major problems! Have been treated like the ".....Village Idiot....." by 3, yes, three so-called dealers (.......with a very little 'd' ....) Will never buy a VW, EVER, EVER, EVER AGAIN!!!!!

    Wombat Brown of Sydney NSW Posted on 18 January 2013 6:53pm
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