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1st Gear: Honda Gives A Glimpse Of An Urban Crossover
USA Today reports that Honda has shown off a sketch of what it's calling an "urban SUV crossover" which it plans to unveil in Detroit next month. It says this will be a global vehicle, with a "sporty and dynamic" SUV profile as well as a spacious interior. USA Today says it would slot in size below the CR-V in Honda's lineup in the U.S.. It's one of the new vehicles being planned off Honda's small Fit platform. As we told you Monday, the Fit and its offshoots will be built at a new factory Honda is building in Mexico. Honda is bent on hitting the sweet spot after the miss it experienced with the Civic. So, you can bet it will be watching reactions closely to this new model.