Honda Canada provided a glimpse into Honda’s future North American lineup at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto with the unveiling of the Honda Urban SUV Concept.

Perfect for people with active lifestyles according to Honda, the Urban SUV Concept design provides the basis for a fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient small vehicle with aspirational design, flexible packaging and next-generation connectivity.

“We design vehicles to fit the lives of our customers and, for so many Canadians today, that means having something fun and agile for downtown driving combined with the space and comfort for any road trip to get away from it all,” said Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada. “With this Urban SUV Concept, we have the best of both worlds.”

At just 4,300 mm long (about 230 mm shorter than the Honda CR-V), the Urban SUV Concept is the ideal size for navigating both crowded city streets and winding, open roads. It showcases clean and sophisticated styling, a strong stance and dynamic character lines and includes hidden rear door handles that give the SUV a coupe-like presence.

When it joins the Honda lineup in 2014, the Urban SUV Concept will feature Honda’s fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology powertrains and Honda’s configurable Magic Seat setup that, according to Honda, can provide a host of passenger and cargo options, including a fold-flat mode for maximum cargo capacity.

No word yet about the possibility to have hybrid or PHEV versions in the lineup.

The all-new model will also feature next-generation telematics and a modern interior.

Priced and positioned below the CR-V within the Honda light-truck lineup, Honda believes the CUV that will be closely related to the Urban SUV Concept will deliver a tremendous new value equation for consumers in the growing small-SUV segment.