India-bound 2014 Honda Urban SUV patent images leaked
Honda, the Japanese automaker will unveil the production version of its Urban SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show. Based on the 2014 Jazz platform, the vehicle will also make its way to the Indian car market by 2015. Meanwhile, the patent images of this mini SUV have been leaked on web, giving the idea what could be the design of the SUV when it will be put into production.
The patent images of the compact SUV shows that it source most of its styling cues from the concept showcased earlier this year. It will have an appealing body design with curves, low roofline and a broad stance. The Honda Urban SUV will be more than 4 meter (4300mm) in length, but it will be much smaller (about 228mm) than the company's flagship SUV CR-V. At the time of the concept's unveiling, the company described the vehicle as "Dynamic and sporty, but spacious and functional".
For global markets, the Urban SUV is likely to be powered by the same engine that powers the Jazz, and is expected to get the Civic's 1.6-litre diesel engine. In India, the SUV will share its engine and transmission options with the next generation Honda Jazz. So, the Urban SUV will get a 1.5-litre i-VTEC and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. It will compete against the likes of Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano, and is expected to be priced around Rs. 9-10 lakh.
Inside the cabin, the compact crossover will get the same magic seats as found in the Jazz, which offers variety of seating positions to passengers. The production version of the Mini SUV will be launched in Japan first in 2013, followed by North America, Europe and then India.