TOKYO -- Honda will introduce concepts of a mini-roadster that previews a new design language and its NSX sports car, alongside production versions of the upcoming Fit-based small crossover at the Tokyo auto show next month.
The crossover will be the market-ready version of the Urban SUV Concept displayed at the Detroit auto show in January. The production version is expected to go on sale in Japan in December with looks that hew closely to that concept.
The crossover will be sold in the United States, though Honda hasn't announced the timing. It initially will be built at Honda's new Yorii assembly plant near Tokyo, but production will be added alongside the Fit hatchback at Honda's plant in Mexico that opens next year.
Honda also plans two sporty showings.
The first is a color variant of the Acura NSX sports car concept shown in Detroit. The NSX, badged as a Honda in Tokyo because the Acura brand is not sold here, goes on sale in 2015.
The other is a two-seat, open-top minicar called the S660 Concept. The 660 takes its name from the car's 0.66-liter midship engine, which, along with its pint-sized dimensions, qualifies it for minicar designation -- and thus, numerous tax breaks -- in Japan. Japan is the only market in which Honda plans to sell this car, for now.
But the close-to-production concept showcases Honda's new design language with the Solid Wing Face look, in which headlamps merge with the grille.