HONDA URBAN SUV
A new compact SUV has surfaced online this week, appearing in a series of renderings drawn from the European patent office.
The new model is clearly inspired by Honda's Urban SUV Concept, revealing the first production look at the sharp showcar that first appeared in January this year.
The new SUV has kept much of its concept styling, including a largely identical profile and rear-end design.
The front-end has also changed little, with only a simplified headlight internal design and a slightly narrower grill frame.
The concept is also expected to debut a new interior design direction, possibly doing away with the complicated multi-tier design seen in other Honda models.
Details for the new model are still to be revealed, although Honda has confirmed a range of 'Earth Dreams' technologies and Honda's familiar 'Magic Seats' system.
If reports in recent months prove accurate, it would also count a pint-sized Mazda CX-3 crossover among its rivals.
The new Honda will not be the carmaker's first compact SUV foray, with the seemingly ahead-of-its-time but slow selling HR-V model sold locally between 1999-2001.
Expect the new compact SUV to share its engine range with the next Jazz, including diesel engines for Europe and possibly Australia.