Guangqi Honda has revealed the new Honda Avancier in China. The new SUV is the production version of the Honda Concept D that was unveiled a year ago at Auto Shanghai 2015, before it was caught testing late last year.
While styling has been toned down from the Concept D, the Chinese-designed showcar’s basic shape characterised by the sloping roofline remains, along with certain elements, although less dramatic in final form.
The Avancier is a big flagship SUV with a wheelbase length of 2,820 mm, and it will sit above the CR-V sold by Honda’s other Chinese JV, Dongfeng Honda. Rivals will include the Toyota Highlander and Ford Edge, although both have an extra row of seats.
It appears to be pretty luxurious too, with LED headlamps, a big touchscreen on the centre stack, triple-zone air con, panoramic glass roof, electronic parking brake, push button gear selection, ventilated/heated seats, powered driver’s seat with memory, a control panel in the rear centre armrest and rear speakers mounted just above the rear seats. The cabin is in black leather with dark wood trim.
The five-seat Avancier – name last used on a giant JDM wagon at the turn of the millennium – is powered by a new-to-China 2.0 litre “Sport Turbo” VTEC Earth Dreams Tech engine, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission that has steering shift paddles. Power goes to all wheels. Word is that a hybrid version and a 2.4L NA-powered base variant will follow. The Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems is also available.
It will go on sale by the end of 2016. When the Concept D was revealed, Honda said it would preview a new model made exclusively for the Chinese market, so the Avancier should remain in the Middle Kingdom.
GALLERY: Honda Concept D at Auto Shanghai 2015