We all know that Honda’s top sellers are the Amaze compact sedan and the City midsize sedan, but that situation may change sooner rather than later, as Honda appears to be working on an all-new sub-4 meter SUV to compete with the Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Mahindra XUV300, and others. It may be provided with both gasoline and diesel engines, as well as manual and automatic gearbox options.
Honda’s Upcoming Sub-compact SUV- Front Design
If we look at the overall appearance of the subcompact SUV based on the leaked photographs, the front fascia of the upcoming Sub-compact SUV features a traditional Honda design. It has sleek LED wraparound headlights, a rectangular grille with a chrome treatment, and a chrome bar that runs above the grille and blends in nicely with the attractive headlamp unit. The lower bumper has a larger air dam with a hexagonal design and LED fog lights on both sides. The RS badge is visible on the front grille, indicating that this is a high-end vehicle. The bottom bumper features a fake silver skid plate as well.
Honda’s Upcoming Sub-compact SUV- Rear Design
The rear end has 3D-styled LED taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler with brake lights, and a shark fin antenna. With black plastic cladding and a false silver skid plate, the lower bumper has a dual-tone motif.
Honda’s Upcoming Sub-compact SUV- Engine/ Powertrain Options
Concerning the powertrain, it will be driven by the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers the City sedan. The SUV will also be equipped with an Atkinson Cycle 1.5L 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors.
The petrol engine generates 98bhp and 127Nm, while the electric motor generates 109bhp and 253Nm at 0 rpm. The total useable power and torque are 126bhp and 253Nm. The RS SUV hybrid, like the City hybrid, might have a single fixed gear ratio and three drive modes: petrol alone, electric only, and hybrid only.
Honda is also planning to launch a direct competitor to the recently released Hybrid SUVs in the Market
Apart from this Sub-compact SUV, the brand is also working on a Midsize SUV, which is expected to debut in early 2024 and compete directly with the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, as it could feature the same hybrid system that debuted in the City Hybrid.