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New Honda compact SUV teased

New concept could point at a future compact SUV based on the Jazz.

autos Updated: Dec 20, 2012 18:27 IST

Honda will unveil a new concept vehicle at the Detroit motor show that will become a new baby SUV. The production version of the Urban SUV Concept is expected to go on sale within the next three years.

The new car is likely to be spun off the new Honda Jazz platform, which is due in the next two years, and with which the firm is targeting sales of up to 400,000 units a year in America and Europe.

Unlike with previous generations of the car, Honda is giving its global regions freedom to develop the Jazz to suit local tastes. The European version is expected to be built at the firm's base in Swindon.

The baby SUV is a key part of Honda president Takanobu Ito's ambitious plans to double global sales to six million cars a year by 2017.