Detroit 2013: Honda Urban SUV Concept is an Almost Acura

Acura has long had trouble differentiating itself from its lesser Honda siblings. Come 2014, it is going to have even more trouble, assuming Honda's new Urban SUV looks anything like the concept once it reaches production.

The upcoming 2015-model-year subcompact crossover will share its bones with the Honda Fit, which will also be all-new at the same time. However, the new crossover seems to share its design more with Acura than any Honda. If there is one bit that clearly comes from the big H's playbook, it's the grille – the one on the Urban SUV Concept looks like it has come straight from the 2013 Accord PHEV. The rest of the design is pure Acura, though.

At first glance, the Urban SUV looks like an evolution of the first-generation Acura RDX. Short overhangs and a short, muscular body are what remind us so much of the original RDX. From the B-pillar back, the Urban SUV Concept looks like a scaled down version of the current Acura RDX.

Rightly emphasized in the teaser photo, the Urban SUV's profile is dominated by an eye-catching, slashing character line that sweeps down from the C-pillar across the door skins. The greenhouse arches in a similar fashion to the RDX and MDX, although it is more rounded and sporty-looking than the more-pedestrian RDX. Swollen wheel arches are filled with flashy wheels, but, honestly, go unnoticed in person thanks to the swage line and oversized grille.

Around back, the taillights are exaggerated Acura – the luxury brand's club-shaped taillights dip low on the Honda concept for the turn signals and reverse lights. It's clear that Honda's designers channeled – and chiseled – the RDX's tail to create the Urban SUV Concept.

The RDX-lite design tack could actually be a smart move on Honda's part. The Acura brand has some cache over Honda, and this me-too look on an entry-level crossover may give it an aura above its sub-CR-V price point.

HondaReader
Again...it could be something really, really cool, so hopefully honda doesn't screw it up. I have no problems if they offer this as a base with their I4, however, to make it 'pop' they will need to offer this in their SI package. I like the design from the outside so I hope this materializes into something really great, although I am not holding my breathe.
swearl
I belive we all know that this will look NOTHING like the concept because  its conservative Honda. So when it hit the market it will have a totally underpowered engine, little tiny narrow tires, no hids standard, and enought bod roll (civic si) to scare the hell out of you, and a cheap cost cutting hiden exhaust. (when it should have duel) an do not get me started on the god awful CVT this thing will have, Cause we all know it's not going to get a 6sp. So i guess the crap at Honda keeps going an going an going! (WHO CARES)
antiquestrad
What is this - a two door, underpowered, no room in the rear seat?  At first glance I would say - WOW.  On second glance I'd said..Whoops, wait a minute.   Details please.

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