The Japanese brands Honda and Acura have revealed each of them will be treating the audience of the Beijing Motor Show with a world premiere of a sport utility vehicle.
The Auto China – or Beijing International Automotive Exhibition – will see the quirky Honda Concept D make the switch to a fully fledged production series model. The Japanese automaker has kept the rest of details tightly wrapped but as far as the rumor mill is concerned, it will get the “UR-V” moniker and will slot in the midsize SUV class. It will become Honda’s crossover flagship in China and reports are treating it to naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter and turbocharged 2.0-liter engines linked to a six-speed auto transmission. Standard front wheel drive will also be switched to AWD on higher spec trim versions.
Meanwhile Acura’s compact SUV will be the first to have production localized in China – and it may wear the “CDX” moniker as we learned from a trademark with the Chinese office. The reports are split on this one – Acura says it’s a compact model but the rumor mill calls it a rebadged version of the Honda HR-V and that one is actually a subcompact crossover. We may have Acura working extensively on the retrofit, making its bigger to fit the upper class – in China having ample rear legroom is a must and as such it would make sense having the HR-V stretch its wheelbase and trunk.