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Honda toughens up with AllRoad

Friday, 30 January 2009 at 12.00AM

A newcomer to the Honda stable, set to be badged the Honda CUV, has been spotted on the roads. The newcomer blends the all-terrain benefits of a 4x4 with the practicality of an estate, and proves Honda is toughening up to take on the Audi Allroad and Volvo XC70.

Flared wheelarches reveal the front and rear track is wider. And behind the back doors is an extra inch or two of metal - hinting at an extended wheelbase. The suspension has also been jacked up to give improved ground clearance.

The CUV's four-wheel-drive transmission will be mated to Honda's usual 2.0 and 2.4-litre petrol engines and 2.2 i-DTEC diesel. Production of the Accord-based newcomer is set to start towards the end of the year.

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