Honda Urban SUV concept: Jazz-based crossover teased

The first image of an all-new compact crossover, dubbed the Honda Urban SUV concept, is set to make its world debut at the 2013 North American international auto show in Detroit on January 14.
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Sharing its platform with the upcoming third-generation Honda Jazz, the new baby SUV – teased in sketch form – will be a global model that Honda says will combine a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious interior.

Sleek lines and a heavily raked rear side window give the appearance of a coupe while a strong detail from the doors to the C-pillar enhance the suggestion of sportiness.

As reported by CarAdvice last month, Honda Australia says the upcoming Jazz-based baby SUV joins the next-generation Civic Type-R at the top of its wish list for expanding the Japanese manufacturer’s local line-up.

While the all-new Honda Jazz is due to debut internationally in 2013, ahead of landing locally the following year, the compact SUV is expected to arrive in 2014/2015 when it will compete with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Holden Trax and Mitsubishi ASX.

With the fourth-generation Honda CR-V mid-size SUV now available from $27,490, the smaller Jazz-based SUV should start below the $25,000 mark.

The 2013 Detroit motor show will take place in Michigan from January 14 - 27.