Honda Avancier China-24

A few months ago, Guangqi Honda revealed the new Honda Avancier in China, which is powered by a new-to-China 2.0 litre “Sport Turbo” VTEC Earth Dreams Tech engine. At the time of its reveal, little was known about the mill, until now.

Based on local reports in China, the turbocharged 2.0 litre cranks out 268 hp and 370 Nm of torque. Compared to the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo in the Chinese-market Honda Civic, the Avancier has a 94 hp and 150 Nm advantage with its larger engine capacity.

A nine-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) is mated to the engine, directing power to all four wheels. There is also a “Sport Hybrid” offering said to be on the cards, although no details about such a powertrain for the Avancier have surfaced so far.

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Other details that we already know about the Avancier include its wheelbase length of 2,820 mm, which is 200 mm more than the CR-V. The big flagship SUV will also be positioned above the CR-V sold by Honda’s other Chinese joint-venture, Dongfeng Honda, and will compete against the Toyota Highlander and Ford Edge, both of which have room for seven.

In terms of equipment, the Avancier comes with LED headlamps, a touchscreen infotainment system, 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, which was previewed by the Honda Concept D, is scheduled to go on sale exclusively in China in the fourth quarter of 2016. It will also make an appearance this year’s Macau Auto Show in November, followed by the Hong Kong Auto Show in December.