THIS is the first official look at Honda's new small Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).
They are going to call it the HR-V.
It is Honda's response to the apparently insatiable appetite that European drivers, in particular, have for small sports utility vehicles (SUVs).
Virtually all the main automakers now have, or plan to have, a vehicle of this genre on the market.
That is because projections for sales are soaring by millions over the next few years.
On a practical level, the Honda people appear to have worked hard to eke out as much space as possible in the cabin.
They say that is especially true from the way they have centrally placed the fuel tank.
The new SUV will also have the brand's 'Magic Seats' to make the interior as roomy and as flexible as possible for both occupants and luggage.The European HR-V prototype will be shown at Paris Motor Show next month. Honda aren't saying much at this point but claim the motor will give owners a mix of coupe design and versatility of a SUV.
I think we can expect to see it here next May or thereabouts.
That will make it a strong contender for sales in the 152-reg period from July, I'd say. It is too soon to talk prices or spec. Honda say there is a wide range of seating configurations. The second row can fold flat to give a significant addition to cargo space.
A more detailed outline of the car will be made in Paris on October 2.