A Fit-based SUV wouldn’t be Honda’s first foray into the realm of tiny crossovers. From 1999 to 2006, the automaker sold the HR-V in Asian and European markets, which was based on the Logo supermini. The HR-V was replaced in 2008 by the boxy Crossroad that was roughly the same size as the now-dead Element, but was available with a third row of seats.
Expect to see an all-new Fit hatchback around the 2014 model year, which means the crossover could follow shortly thereafter. The British publication also says Honda is expecting the baby SUV to sell 400,000 units per year, with its biggest markets being the U.S. and Europe. Autocar also reports Honda is planning on letting each market customize its Fit more than the current one-size-fits-all Japanese-market car and is expecting both the next Fit and the small crossover to be built locally in each regionThe next-generation, North American-market Fit will be built in a new plant in Mexico.
Right now, no automakers offer a crossover below their compact/C-segment-sized offerings in the U.S.; however, Buick will be rolling out the subcompact Encore next year. Ford also already sells the Fiesta-based EcoSport SUV in South America and China and sold the Fusion crossover (based on the last-generation Fiesta) in Europe.
With the CR-V having grown since its first generation in 1999, do you think there’s room for a subcompact crossover below it in Honda’s lineup? Could it counter something equally small, like Buick’s Encore, here in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.