Honda To Unveil Urban SUV Concept at 2013 Detroit Show
Silhouette Suggests Juke-Type Sporty Compact Model
The word "concept" is a loaded term. It can mean everything from "our designers had too many glasses of red wine after work, and came up with this" or "you'll see this in showrooms in about a year, minus the lipstick-camera rearview mirrors." In this case, we're betting on the latter. After all, just a year ago, Honda showed off the Accord Coupe "Concept" and less than a year later, a near dead-ringer rolled into dealer's showrooms. To whet our appetites for what's to come next month, Honda released this teaser image of the "Urban SUV Concept."
The styling looks unusually daring for traditionally cautious and conservative Honda. The spearhead-shaped side profile shows a thrusting sheetmetal accent crease that runs from the middle of the front door up, coming to a point in the rear cargo window, and then a second continuous arc from the base of the A-pillar over the roofline to the rear cargo window. The front fender well gets a noticeable flare, suggesting a wide front track. Compared with the staid CR-V, the Urban SUV Concept looks much more stylish. Another highly stylized model it brings to mind is the Nissan Juke, a model strong on sportiness but short on utility. First glance at Honda's concept suggests a little more versatility compared with Nissan's frog-eyed cute-ute.
But the question remains: What will it be based on? Honda has already said it plans on spinning multiple models off the Fit platform, including some type of crossover. This could be a sneak preview of that coming model. But it could also be a more stylized interpretation of the CR-V, possibly with more power under the hood. Since the latest generation of the CR-V just debuted for the 2012 model year, it's highly unlikely to be a preview of an all-new CR-V. What could it be? We'll find out in about three weeks.