Honda has taken note of Nissan’s success with the Dualis and wants to replicate a similar type of sales victory with its latest project – a new crossover based on the Honda Civic.
Our computer-generated images reveal the look of the model the Japanese brand will rely on to boost sales and deliver high profits after hitting tough times in worldwide markets including Australia.
The new crossover, which has yet to be named, will slot into the range between the Civic and the CR-V, suggesting a starting price of around the mid-$20,000 price point when it arrives into showrooms in 2013.
It’s certain the high-riding model will be built on a revised version of the platform underpinning the new Civic that launches locally at the end of February.
Flowing wheel-arches and narrow headlights are distinctive attributes from a Civic that have been matched with a front end from the Skydeck MPV concept car from the 2009 Tokyo motor show. The interior will also inherit features from the Civic such as flip-up rear seats.
This crossover isn’t the first of its kind for Honda, but they seem to have mastered the ability to blend SUV styling and practicality of a CR-V with the size and handling of a Civic hatchback, which should help to achieve a good drive.
While Honda expects high demand for its new 87kW 1.6-litre and more powerful, 108kW 2.2-litre i-DTEC turbo diesels, the company is also keen to push its hybrid technology. This could see an electric motor powering the rear wheels, providing Honda with the possibility of a four-wheel-drive variant.
The 1.6-litre should restrict emissions to about 110g/km with the combination of engine stop-start and efficient electric power steering.
There will also be a 1.8-litre petrol engine.
You can expect Honda Australia to put its hand up for the model considering the popularity of SUV-style vehicles with local buyers.