Honda plans "UR-V" crossover for Chinaby Ben Hsu
The Murano-sized crossover will be its flagship SUV in China.
A trademark filing in China appears to have revealed the name of Honda's new flagship crossover in the Chinese market: UR-V.
Teased in the form of the Honda Concept D that was revealed last year at the Shanghai Motor Show last year, the UR-V is a mid-sized crossover that will slot above the CR-V. Honda does not offer the Pilot in China, so the Murano-sized UR-V will serve as the range topper.
Chinese media is reporting that engine choices will include naturally aspirated 2.4-liter and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders. Both will have a 6-speed automatic as the sole transmission choice. Honda sees it as a pioneer of the under-tapped mid-size crossover market in China. When it goes on sale, a prices are expected to range from 250,000 to 425,000 yuan ($38,400 to $65,200 US dollars).
At the same time, Honda also filed the names WR-V and CD-X. Both are crossovers based on the Fit platform. Honda already has the Fit-based HR-V, but the WR-V reportedly looks like a tall-riding Fit, while the CD-X is supposedly an Acura-badged, luxury version of the HR-V.
The production version of the UR-V is expected to debut at the Beijing Motor Show next month.
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