A camouflaged model, dubbed the “Small SUV RS”, is currently on display at the Honda stand at GIIAS 2022. With the words “Joining the Honda family soon!” adorning the see-through box enclosure, the Small SUV RS Concept could be unveiled in Indonesia very soon to compete in the same segment as the Perodua Ativa/Toyota Raize.
This camouflaged car is actually a further development from the Honda SUV RS Concept that was unveiled in last year’s iteration of the auto show, as confirmed by Honda. The original concept basically looked like a shrunken Honda HR-V, especially from the rear end.
Honda says that it has taken the original SUV RS concept to various districts in Indonesia and obtained market feedback in order to further develop the model. The Honda Small SUV RS will be the first of its model line, trailblazing a new model name for the brand.
Soon to compete in the same segment as the Daihatsu Rocky/Toyota Raize in Indonesia, the Honda Small SUV RS also looks like a potential contender for the Perodua Ativa in Malaysia. However, due to the “budget” nature of the segment, it might also share the same fate as the Honda Brio which never made it to our shores.
With Honda’s theme of ‘Reignite Passion and Energy’ for GIIAS 2022, Honda also announced that it will be introducing two new hybrid models for the Indonesian market. During the press conference, PT Honda Prospect Motor President, Kotaro Shimizu said, “Through GIIAS this time, we wanted to bring a new passion to consumers through various products, innovation, and the latest technology.
“The Honda Small SUV RS is a development from the SUV RS Concept that we will launch soon in Indonesia. To realise Honda’s electrification vision in Indonesia, we are showing various hybrid models that will be our technological focus at this time as a transition toward electrification.”