Will the production version of Honda’s SUV RS Concept look like this?

We also discuss its styling and its potential variants
by Andrew Guerrero | Jul 9, 2022
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In November 2021, Honda unveiled the SUV RS Concept, a baby SUV that looked like a shrunken HR-V. Since the concept’s debut, it has been displayed in various cities around Indonesia. Last month, Otodriver.com published patent images for the production rendition of the SUV RS Concept. We decided to do a render of the market version based on the information gathered.

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Much like how the N7X Concept was essentially a thinly disguised new-gen BR-V, the SUV RS Concept appears to be a veiled mockup for the upcoming unnamed baby Honda SUV. Surprisingly, most if not all the design elements previewed on the concept will make it to production. We’ll do a quick walkaround and explore some of its design cues. Up front, it features a grille with a body-colored checkered pattern. The unique daytime running lights will make it to the finished product. I added the main headlight elements missing in the concept vehicle. Like its bigger BR-V and HR-V siblings, this new little SUV adopts the same full-length character line. The rear-end styling is reminiscent of the new HR-V, while the checkered LED pattern on the taillights continue the design theme of the front end.

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I added a body-mounted rear wiper since the production version will most likely have it. Being a crossover SUV, it gets the obligatory faux skid plates and black cladding—the latter will probably have a matte finish instead of the concept SUV’s high-gloss finish. As indicated by the patent drawings, the trendy two-tone paint scheme with contrasting color roof will make it to production.

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Like the N7X Concept, the SUV RS Concept rolls on large 18-inch wheels on 225/50 R18 tires which have a diameter of 26.9 inches. The production SUV will most likely switch to the smaller wheel and tire sizes also used by the new BR-V. The RS variant will most probably use 17-inch alloys and 215/55 R17 tires with a diameter of 26.3 inches. My guess is a downsized version of the Y-spoke concept wheels will make it to production, at least on the RS variant.

According to Otodriver.com, the unnamed Honda SUV will be available in these variants: the 1.5 E MT, 1.5 E CVT, 1.5 RS MT, 1.5 RS CVT, and the 1.5 RS CVT Z. It’s expected to be powered by the 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine found in the new BR-V, new HR-V, and current City.

It’s still unclear if the Japanese automaker plans to recycle old model names for this new entry-level SUV or come up with an entirely new one.

If launched here, would you consider this upcoming baby Honda SUV over the Toyota Raize or Hyundai Venue? Let us know in the comments.

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