Honda to preview crossover, next MDX in Detroit
American Honda will preview two vehicles next month at the Detroit auto show, a small crossover that will join the lineup in 2014 and the redesigned Acura MDX.
The company released teaser shots of two concepts that are expected to closely resemble the production versions.
The small crossover concept likely previews a vehicle Honda has said it plans to build in Celaya, Mexico, starting in 2014. The company says only that the crossover will be based on a subcompact car and will be smaller than the CR-V. But it figures to be Fit-based because Honda plans to build the Fit at the Mexican plant.
In a release accompanying the teaser photo, Honda said the Detroit show vehicle "is a global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior."
Meanwhile, Acura will introduce a prototype of the 2014 MDX mid-sized crossover at the Detroit show. The MDX is Acura's volume leader.
The concept should provide a clear idea of Acura's new "aero sculpture" design. The design language takes over from the "keen edge" styling that was criticized for producing Acura's "beak" grille, among other styling cues.
In a statement, Acura said: "The 2014 MDX Prototype will feature alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines matched to an efficient architecture."
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