Honda Avancier China-24

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.

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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