Indian version of Honda's upcoming Urban SUV will be named CR-U, claims new reports.
The vehicle, which is expected to challenge Renault Duster, Mahindra XUV500, Nissan Terrano and the Ford EcoSport in the Indian market, will make its global unveiling at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
The India-bound Honda Urban SUV is likely to boast a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, like Honda City, and a 1.5-litre i-DTEc diesel engine. CarNewsChina reported that the Chinese version of the vehicle will be powered by 1.5 or 1.5 turbo petrol engine.
Earlier this week, photos of the new car from the Japanese automaker had hit the web. It has been revealed that the vehicle would be based on the 2014 Honda Jazz platform, which is in the making. The vehicle, which is expected to follow Honda's new 'Exciting H Design' philosophy, would accommodate styling factors, like sloping roofline and a broader stance. Global version of the vehicle would pack Honda Civic's 1.6-litre diesel engine.
"The new concept is shorter than the CR-V, making it an ideal size for both city streets and mountain roads. It's poised to join the Honda light-truck lineup, with the Honda-original center-tank layout and a configurable Magic Seat for a host of cargo and passenger options," noted Honda on its website.
Previous reports had also suggested that the Honda would launch the diesel versions of City and Jazz in the sub-continent in the coming months, considering their growing demand in the country.
"We are planning to create a new segment, we call it crossover utility vehicle. Also our most preferred car City will be launched in diesel variant it would hit Indian roads in 2014. It will be launched in Japan in November and will come to India in 2014," Car Trade quoted Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice-President Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd, as saying.