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Monday, January 21, 2013

The New Honda SUV Concept Cars

Entering in 2013 are so many new car concepts been born from the world's automotive manufacturers, then exhibited at the annual automotive event.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2013 event is the largest annual automotive exhibition in North America. And the NAIAS 2013 is the 25th event held since the first event in 1998.

The Japanese manufacturer, Honda will showcase two new concept cars through their two brand Honda and Acura, at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2013 event, that held at the Cobo Center One Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48226, USA, from January 14, 2013 to January 27, 2013.

HONDA URBAN SUV CONCEPT
The first concept car named Honda Urban SUV Concept which is a global concept for the latest Honda SUV that combines dynamic and sporty model of the exterior design. As for the interior design of Honda Urban SUV Concept displays extensive flexibility of the cabin as well as functionality in it.

Honda says the production version of this concept, whatever it will be called, will slot below the CR-V in terms of size and price.
Honda Urban SUV Concept. (Picture from: http://paultan.org/)
In terms of this concept's styling, there is plenty of the new Honda Accord in its face, and it looks like a more rugged version of the Nissan Juke, as well as a more practical alternative to the Hyundai Veloster.
Dashboard and instrument panels view of Honda Urban SUV Concept. (Picture from: http://paultan.org/)
With its short overhangs, the concept measures 4.3 m (169.3 inches) in length. Honda confirmed that its new crossover will debut a telematics system for Honda, and it will use one of Honda's new Earth Dreams engines that this engine would be a 1.5-liter I4 paired with a continuously variable transmission.

ACURA MDX PROTOTYPE
The second concept car was Acura MDX Prototype that has design and more aerodynamic body curve than previous models. This Acura Concept will begin production in 2014.

The next MDX will be the third generation of Acura's full-size SUV. Currently, the MDX stands as Acura's best-selling model, so Acura is sure to please with the next model.
Acura MDX Prototype. (Picture from: http://www.autotrader.com/)
While the exterior looks surprisingly similar to the current generation, it's actually all-new. The roofline is 0.04 m (1.5-inches) shorter, but the wheelbase is longer. That means the new MDX is more aerodynamic, which is good for fuel economy. In fact, Acura says the new MDX will be 16 percent more aerodynamic. Up front, the MDX Prototype features Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights, which are not only bright but also striking to look at.
Acura MDX Prototype. (Picture from: http://www.autotrader.com/)
Additionally, the Prototype features many important safety features, including; Forward Collision Warning; Lane Departure Warning; Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; Blind Spot Information; Lane Keeping Assist; Active Cruise Control; and Low-Speed Follow.
Acura MDX Prototype. (Picture from: http://www.motorward.com/)
The end result looks kinda like the Audi Q7. Thanks to this rather large size, the car is fairly spacious inside the cabin. The MDX Prototype features a longer wheelbase that enhances ride quality, increases second-row legroom, and improves third-row seat access.

Under the hood, Acura has placed an all-new 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). Performance numbers have not been announced, but it should have more than the current 300 horsepower, which Acura hopes will achieve best-in-class fuel economy. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DIH | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 18012013]
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