A prototype of Honda’s upcoming Urban SUV has been spied for the very first time wearing heavy camouflage, suggesting that a debut is imminent. Shown as a concept for the first time at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, the Urban SUV is scheduled to launch in Japan by the end of 2013.

 

A YouTube user has managed to capture it on video in which the heavily camouflaged prototype is seen being driven on Germany’s autobahn.

 

The Urban SUV is said to be based on the same platform that also underpins the all-new 2014 Jazz. Honda will do away with the Urban SUV nameplate and give this upcoming model a new name.

 

Given that it is based on the all-new Jazz platform, the Urban SUV will make use of Honda’s new ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ line of engines, which include highly efficient petrol and diesel units. The diesel model could be powered by the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit that currently powers the Amaze sedan.  

 

The Urban SUV will go on sale in Japan by end-2013 and we expect Honda India to launch it here next year. When launched, the SUV will take on the likes of Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Nissan Terrano.  

Video: Honda Urban SUV spied for the first time; To compete with EcoSport