As you all know by now, SUVs are all the rage these days, and every carmaker worth its salt is getting in on the fun. Honda itself has two strong-selling models in the segment – the B-segment HR-V and the larger, more practical CR-V. But what if you wanted something more, you know, car-like? The company’s accessories division, Access, may have something to say about that with the Honda Civic Versatilist concept.

Presented at the Tokyo Auto Salon over the weekend, the Versatilist takes a standard Civic Hatchback and dresses it up with grey body cladding that makes it mildly reminiscent of the Subaru XV – a jacked-up Impreza in the same vein, let’s not forget. The cutouts in the wheel arch extensions, for example, are carbon copies of the ones you’ll find on the Pleiades-badged car.

Also reminiscent of the XV is the way the front moulding reaches up into the redesigned bumper, which features large round fog lights and a wider centre air intake. The rear bumper has also been restyled and incorporates a slim central tailpipe instead of the usual pair of round exhaust exits.

Capping it all off are 18-inch alloy wheels from the HR-V RS, a fin-shaped door appliqué and a matte grey finish on the grille garnish and door mirrors to match the rest of the car. Inside, you’ll find white part-leather, part-fabric upholstery that is not found in the standard palette and is pleasing to the eye.

The Versatilist is a concept for now, but seeing as it’s been built by an in-house accessories maker, perhaps you might see a similar kit on dealer shelves in the future. Would you want to dress your Civic up like this? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.

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