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Honda Urban SUV Concept hints at Juke alternative

Honda has shown off its Urban SUV concept at the Detroit Motor Show. The design, which is based on the under-gubbins of a Honda Jazz, hints at the styling direction the company will take when it produces its rival to existing mini SUVs such as the Nissan Juke.

The Honda Urban SUV concept will go head to head with the Nissan Juke.
The Honda Urban SUV concept will go head to head with the Nissan Juke.

The Urban SUV concept is surprisingly down to earth. Many concept designs have a tendency to look like futuristic space cars from another galaxy, with impractically large wheels, wing mirrors you can’t see out of (if they exist at all) and bodywork that would drag roadkill along for miles. This thing, in contrast, looks as if it could be released tomorrow without much modification, which gives us the firm impression the final production version will look very similar.

The Honda SUV concept is a good-looking thing with a chunky front end, distinctive LED lighting and sharp lines that complement a curvy silhouette. Inside, it’ll be fitted with Honda’s useful Magic Seats system, which enables a plethora of seating configurations to help you accommodate all manner of loads.

The Honda Urban SUV concept is expected to use the same engines as the Honda Jazz, including a hybrid option. It is due for release in Japan at the end of 2013 and in the US in 2014. A European release date hasn’t yet been confirmed. Have a gander at the photos below and tell us what you think in the comments below.



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