Production-spec Honda Concept D flagship SUV begins testing – Report
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The production model of the Concept D will be the flagship SUV for Honda in China.
Honda had displayed the radical-looking Concept D at Auto Shanghai 2015. The concept previewed a new SUV model for the brand, the test mule for which has been spotted by spies.
When the concept was unveiled, it had a very edgy and futuristic design. All that has changed as the test mule spotted seems to have a more conventional exterior. The prototype had distinct features such as a large U-shaped grille, big air intakes, sharply raked roofline and C-pillar.
The test mule wears heavy camouflage and not many details are visible. What can be seen though, is that it has witnessed many changes from the Concept, starting with the front that gets a clamshell bonnet, redesigned headlights and a more conventional grille.
The sides receive less muscular wheel arches, conventional side mirrors, and a more upright and thicker C-pillar. The rear gets a re-profiled bumper and flat twin exhausts, and is more sedate than the concept.
At the time of the Concept D’ debut, the company said that the production SUV model was exclusively developed for Chinese markets as a premium offering and would offer refined driving characteristics and a spacious cabin. The company also confirmed that both joint ventures, Guangqi Honda and Dongfeng Honda, would sell the flagship SUV.