Honda released this teaser image today of a new small crossover concept that will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The Japanese automaker did not offer up any specific details about what to expect from the new CUV concept, only saying that it is a "global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior."

This concept likely previews the upcoming Fit-based crossover that we've told you about before. Honda is expecting the next-generation Fit to sell something like 200,000 units annually, largely thanks to an expanded model range that is said to include a new sedan in addition to the CUV previewed here.

We'll have the full details when the new concept bows in Detroit next month.
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Honda Compact "Urban SUV Concept" to Make World Debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

12/11/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.

An all-new Honda compact "Urban SUV Concept" vehicle will make its world debut in January at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The Urban SUV Concept, teased in a sketch released today, is a global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior. The concept will be introduced during Honda's NAIAS press conference, which will also be broadcast live via a webcast at hondawebcast.com.


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      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a lil excited. I really loved my Fit. Just please, use an updated engine with current technologies!
      speterjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Far from a fan of crossovers, but I am LIKING what I see here. Will this be the one built off the Fit platform? I assume this will be in the same class as the Nissan Joke, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and (a little pricier) Buick Encore and MINI Countryman. Throw in a manual transmission with the AWD, and I might consider this.
        speterjr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @speterjr
        The closest thing today to the 4WD Civic Wagon...
          speterjr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @speterjr
          ...and I like the mini-CR-V look.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @speterjr
        I'm glad I'm not the only one comparing this to the Encore. Even though they're in different price ranges, I think they're in the same category.
      bouljf
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lines look great. I think there's a nice market for smaller SUV/CUVs. I wonder what engine Honda will pick for this; seems like the Civic's 1.8 would be a minimum especially if AWD is available.
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bouljf
        Honda AWD is FWD for 99% of the time. I don't think engine size really matters in their case.
          bouljf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ravenosa
          The problem isn't in the way it works but rather the added weight. If you take the Fit’s platform, modify it to have an SUV like shape and ground clearance then add AWD you’re probably looking at close to 2,800lbs. The “regular” Fit isn’t exactly a rocket as it is and it weighs less than 2,600lbs. I doubt the 117hp and 106 lbs-ft the 1.5 makes would be enough for the North American market.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bouljf
        they need a new slightly downsized motor similar to the RDX' recently discontinued K23, but with DI.
      Brent Booth
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ummm that look pretty sweet actually. Now dont screw up the rest which we cannot see.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brent Booth
        Worried about those tail lights, they look a bit bulbous but I hope Honda nails this.
      Jmaister
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh wow, I'm just starting to like big comfy cars... and more cuv on the rise... must be getting old here. looks nice.
      DyanRucar
      • 2 Years Ago
      that rear window point sure reminds me of the previous generation CR-V
      Mike Hunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      That character line going up into the rear pillar is pretty sharp actually.
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        Concept cars are concepts. Once it gets rammed into production they will have beat all the nice lines into the car with a wiffle-ball bat. I buy Honda lawn mowers...
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      That profile seems to be a mashup of the old and the new CR-V, which is a good thing. I don't particularly like either CR-V design, but the combination seems to work pretty well. If Honda can get the interior design team from the Fit to work with an exterior design team from.... well probably from another company, then they'll have a winning car for sure.
      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks pretty nice. Sporty, in a Mazda-ish way. I am cautiously optimistic...
      fcarlo17
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they also make this fun to drive and sporty like the Juke... But this is Honda, this will be just like the CRV but smaller.
      SethG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will this be called the Honda Fat? In all seriousness, this is worth a shot for Honda. The Fit and CRV may be their two best cars right now and this seems to split the difference. Expect a less exciting Juke without the polarizing styling and fuel guzzling turbo.
        ShutoSteve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SethG
        Did you uprate yourself? Or are you just a moron? A turbo improves efficiency, instead of decreasing it.
          SethG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ShutoSteve
          Pretty strong words from someone who appears to understand very little about turbos. "A turbo improves efficiency?" That statement is meaningless. "Improves" vs. what? All a turbo does is force more air into the cylinders for combustion. Along with the additional air, more fuel is added and the result is increased power and torque. And more fuel means less efficiency, not more. The way turbos improve efficiency is by allowing the automaker to get a lighter engine to provide the performance of a larger one. Also, when driven very conservatively, they stay out of boost and consume fuel as if they were not turbo charged. But when you dip into boost often, you will not see great efficiency from your turbo. And the Juke is an example of that. The turbo makes it fun but the mpg numbers for a tiny crossover are pretty bad.
          ShutoSteve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ShutoSteve
          Wait a minute, I get voted down by the Honda fanboys for something clearly correct? This only goes to show how moronic you actually are. So, in essence, your response was that no a Turbo is not more efficient, because it basically uses the same amount of gas that a non-turbo engine would use, to achieve more power? Do you have any friggin' idea what the word efficiency means? Or are you just brain dead? By making more power, while utilizing the same amount of gas as a non-turbo engine of the same displacement, it is in fact MORE efficient than if you were to up the displacement of said engine to the power levels naturally, without forced induction. Talk about a bloody idiot.
          tinted up
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ShutoSteve
          I had a rental juke, yes... a rental. I dogged the **** out of that poor little thing on 'sport' mode and still got 25 mpg. Not bad considering its 25/30 city/highway.
          Will
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ShutoSteve
          If you make a turbo version and a non-turbo version of the same engine... The one with the turbo will make more horsepower, but it WILL use more gas. That's just a fact. Many examples of this throughout various auto manufacturers. BTW.... You shouldn't rely on you reasoning abilities.... If no one has told you that before now.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it is basically a rebirth of the HR-V that we never got here in America. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_HRV That was a cool little CUV.
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I didn't know about the HR-V until you pointed it out - thanks! That would be about the same size as the Fit platform, so that would make sense.
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