India-bound Honda Urban SUV to be named as CR-U
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A couple of days more, we will see the global unveiling of the production version of the Honda Urban SUV concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. According to some media reports, the compact SUV will be named as the CR-U. However, nothing has been confirmed yet, but the CR-U name certainly make sense for the Urban SUV. The patent images of the vehicle have already been leaked on the web.
Based on the 2014 Honda Jazz platform, the compact SUV will also make its way to the Indian car market in 2015. The mini SUV source most of its styling cues from the concept showcased earlier this year. The appealing body design will feature curves, low roofline and a broader stance. It will be more than 4-metre in length, but will be smaller than the company's flagship SUV CR-V.
Internationally, the Urban SUV is expected to share its engine spec from the Jazz, and is also likely to get the Civic's 1.6-litre diesel engine. For Indian buyers, the CR-U will share its engine and transmission options with the next generation Honda Jazz. So, it will be powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5-litre i-DTEc diesel engine.
The production version of the Mini SUV will be launched in Japan first in 2013, followed by North America, Europe and then India. In our country, it will compete against the likes of Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster, and is expected to be priced around Rs. 9-10 lakh.