Honda sold its millionth vehicle in China in 2015, largely thanks to the country’s growing taste for SUVs like the HR-V and CR-V. The People’s Republic will also get an exclusive flagship SUV to meet its growing appetite—the Honda Avancier, which debuted at this year’s Beijing auto show.
Essentially a production version of last year’s Concept D SUV, the Honda Avancier will be positioned above the Honda CR-V. The wild angles and massive front air intakes from the Concept D are gone, and the final iteration looks considerably more reasonable and less like a Transformer toy. Still, the Honda Avancier maintains the same boxy hood, prominent front and rear wheel arches, and sharply raked roofline terminating in a fast rear window.
It is both larger and better appointed than the CR-V, with LED headlights and taillights, push-button gear selection like in Acura models, a larger infotainment screen, and big back seat. Honda says the Avancier will come with a full range of active safety and driver-assistance technologies as well.
Most technical specs for the Honda Avancier are still being withheld, but we do know that it will use a 2.0-liter, VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine—the first time that engine will appear in a Honda in China. We’ve reached out to Honda, but as of this writing have not been able to confirm whether the engine is at all related to the 305-hp VTEC turbo-four used in the Civic Type R.
Other powertrain options, including a plug-in hybrid or hybrid model, could also be on the table moving forward. Honda just revealed the Accord Hybrid for China, the first hybrid it will build locally.
“We view 2016 as a year for us to make another leap forward,” said Honda CEO and President Takahiro Hachigo, in a statement. “We will begin local production of our hybrid vehicle and turbo engines and further accelerate the localization of our business. Honda will continue taking on new challenges in China.”
The Honda Avancier will go on sale by the end of 2016, so we should have more detailed specifications in the near future.