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by Adam Lynton
Honda’s upcoming baby SUV will battle the Nissan Juke in the burgeoning compact crossover segment.
Seen as a direct competitor to the Nissan Juke, Honda's Urban SUV Concept has been officially unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show previewing a production model that will launch in Japan later this year and in the US in 2014. Positioned below the CR-V in both size and price, the small crossover is based on the Global Compact Series platform underpinning the Jazz/Fit and City. In terms of styling, a dramatic LED headlight design gives way to a dynamic shoulder line running from the front fender to the rear door, where, like the Juke, we find the door handles hidden in the C-pillar.
The new Honda Accord can be seen in the face, and at 169.3 inches in length it's around eight inches longer than the Fit hatchback and nine inches shorter than the CR-V. Power will come from Honda's fuel-efficient Earth Dreams family of engines including a 1.5-liter inline-four with a continuously variable transmission, and the all new baby-SUV/crossover will feature new telematics and a modern interior with Honda's Magic Seat setup. The production version and next-gen Fit will be built at Honda's Celaya, Mexico plant, which opens in 2014, while a new sedan is expected to round off the Fit-based product lineup.