Honda (Creta Rival) compact SUV leaks ahead of world debut

The Honda compact SUV based on the RS Concept SUV will first go on sale in markets like Indonesia and is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre engine

Speculation around a new compact/midsize SUV from Honda has been rumored for a long time and now undisguised images of the five-seater have leaked online, suggesting its global debut is sooner rather than later. Since the RS Concept SUV was presented at GIIAS, its production version has been the subject of many rumors.

The next model should be placed below the HR-V in the brand’s lineup. As for the design, it features a chrome-adorned grille on the right front fascia with the Honda emblem sitting in the middle, a forward-swooping hood structure with muscular character lines and sharp LED headlights with daytime running lights. with integrated LEDs.

Other highlights up front are sporty looking fog light housings, a large central air intake and a prominent skid plate. The leaked images also show the presence of wraparound LED taillights that continue into the tailgate, a slightly sloping roofline with roof rails, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, black wheel arch and lower door cladding. , etc.

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You can also see a skid plate on the back and a prominent shoulder line on the sides while the 17-inch alloy wheels are not visible on the spy shots. It could get its power from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in naturally aspirated and mild-hybrid iterations. Manual and automatic CVT transmissions could be made available.

It is not yet known whether the production version of the RS Concept SUV will influence the styling of the upcoming sub-four meter SUV for India. Reports indicate that Honda is developing a compact and midsize SUV for India, with the first arriving mid next year and the second in early 2024.

The midsize SUV with the internal codename 3RA could be equipped with the same hybrid powertrain as the City Hybrid. A six-seat and seven-seat variant of the midsize SUV could also be rated for India as the segment is booming lately.