Honda’s All-New Compact SUV Set to Debut Soon

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The production Honda SUV RS concept is expected to launch in the coming months in international markets

Honda introduced the RS compact SUV at GIIAS 2022 (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show) in Jakarta. It was not the production version but a camouflaged prototype and was placed inside a glass box. It should be noted that just a few weeks ago images of the next production-ready model were leaked, revealing design details.

We can expect the global unveiling of the next SUV in the coming months before it goes on sale in international markets. It is not yet known whether this will influence the compact or midsize SUV bound for India. It is widely reported that Honda Cars India is working on a compact SUV and a mid-size SUV for India. The former will likely launch next year while the latter can be expected in 2024.

Honda had officially confirmed that the SUV is derived from the RS concept SUV shown at GIIAS 2021. Leaked production images suggest it will have a chrome-studded RS grille with a vertical Honda badge sitting in the middle, stylish headlights with running lights integrated LED lights, a prominent fog lamp housing, lower air intake and front skid plate.

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The rear features 3D-style LED taillights, silver trim on the bumper and an inverted L-shaped LED light signature. It will likely compete with the Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky compact SUVs in Indonesia. Back in India, Honda currently has the Amaze compact sedan and the midsize City sedan as its top sellers and the scenario might change sooner rather than later.

Honda appears to be working on an all-new SUV under four meters that will take on Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Mahindra XUV300 and others. It could be offered in gasoline and diesel engine options with manual and automatic transmission choices.

The brand also has a mid-size SUV in the works and it is expected to launch in early 2024. Based on the City architecture, it could feature the same hybrid system that debuted in the City Hybrid. With the arrival of Grand Vitara and Hyryder hybrid SUVs, the potent hybrid variant of the upcoming midsize SUV might just be on its way to India.