Honda UR-V crossover images leaked; design based on the Honda Concept D
At the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, Honda made the Concept D public for the first time and it gave sneak-peak into a mid-size crossover. The production version of such model will likely be called as the UR-V as reports emerged that the name was patented in China and the development was started already.
Amidst that, the images of the UR-V in its production guise have been leaked online. The new crossover will be the flagship model positioned above the CR-V as Honda and Chinese partner Dongfeng are trying to take advantage of the increasing popularity for crossovers in the Chinese market.
Although it will be launched before the end of this year in China, Honda’s plans of taking it internationally have not been divulged. It is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The seven-seater UR-V will be significantly bigger than the CR-V with a three-row of seats arrangement.
Prices for the UR-V mid-size crossover are expected to be in the range from 250,000 to 425,000 yuan (Rs. 25.5 lakh to 43.4 lakh) in China. The leaked pictures go on to say that the production UR-V model will resemble the Concept D on the outside. It retains the silhouette with a sloping roof and a distinctively raked windscreen.
Some sort of sportiness is embedded with the rear-mounted spoiler and the UR-V gets an upright grille at front along with fatter chrome line running across it. It comprises huge air dams, LED headlamps as seeom on the India-bound Accord executive sedan, bumper integrated LED Daytime Running Lights with chrome detailing, large scuff plate, etc.
The Concept D features 21-inch wheels, 285/45 tyres, camera replacing traditional wing mirrors, C-shaped LED taillights and recessed door handles. Some of these elements could be carried over to the production model as well. It is likely to be equipped with panoramic sunroof and heated seats.
It could be based on the CR-V’s platform and is speculated to come with two engines: a naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre petrol unit for the base variants and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol for the top-end models. Both engines are reported to be connected with a six-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive configuration will be offered as standard and the all-wheel drive system could come as optional system.