SUV RS Concept previews new Honda small crossover

Honda just revealed something special at the 2021 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). Most suspected it to be the highly anticipated ZR-V, but it seems the automaker isn't ready to reveal the official name just yet. Instead, Honda has introduced the SUV RS Concept.

As its name implies, the vehicle you see here is indeed a concept crossover. However, it does suggest Honda plans to enter the subcompact crossover category to take on the likes of the Toyota Raize, Nissan Magnite, and more.

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The SUV RS Concept was designed by Honda R&D Asia Pacific, which is based in Thailand. By the looks of the crossover, it appears to be inspired by the new HR-V featuring a huge grille flanked by large sweeping LED headlights. It's matched by a stylish bumper with a large center intake and black vertical trim. Along the side, there are black fender moldings on the wheel arches.

One of the most distinctive features of the SUV RS Concept is found at the rear. It wears a unique set of LED taillights with “dotted” graphics that make it stand out from the wide selection of subcompact crossovers today. Since it carries the RS name, it does look more aggressive with the wheels and colorway. Noticeably, it has a black roof like the Brio RS.

While it might be called a concept, the design SUV RS appears to be near-production ready. We noticed it's already wearing proper side mirrors instead of cameras or none at all. There are also traditional door handles finished in gloss black to further enhance the sporty vibe.

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Unfortunately, no photos of the interior were provided. Honda did not disclose details for the powertrain either. We suspect it will be a front-wheel drive model, similar to the HR-V and the newly launched BR-V. That said, Honda could offer the crossover with either a 1.5-liter DOHC engine shared with the BR-V or possibly even the 1.0-liter turbo powertrain from the City RS.

For reference, Honda previously used the “RS Concept” name to preview the Brio with the Small RS Concept. It's likely the same case with this one. The question now is whether the production model will bear the ZR-V name.