Remember the rather odd Concept D from last year? It’s now making a very nice transition to a production model with a far better design.

It’s one of those somewhat rare cases when a production model actually looks better than the previewing concept. Usually, car manufacturers tease us with gorgeous concepts (I’m looking at you, Subaru) and end up putting on the market a product with a heavily diluted design. While the Avancier won’t win any beauty awards, it’s certainly a major improvement compared to the Gundam-styled Concept D.

If the name of the midsize SUV rings a bell, that’s because Honda sold a five-seat wagon with this moniker in Japan between 1999 and 2003. As for the 2016 Avancier, it will serve as Honda’s cream of the crop in China and it will be the first model sold in the People’s Republic with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.

Honda is keeping the other technical details shrouded in mystery, but further info is expected in the following months prior to the model’s launch before the year’s end. From what we are seeing in the adjacent images and video, the midsize SUV has LED headlights and taillights, tri-zone climate control, big infotainment screen, lots of rear legroom, leather upholstery, and many other niceties.

The Avancier debuts today at the Beijing Auto Show where it is being exhibited alongside the new Civic and the Accord Hybrid which is making a comeback.

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Honda Exhibits World Premiere of All-New Avancier SUV at the 14th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2016)

BEIJING, China, April 25, 2016 - Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, today exhibited the world premiere of the all-new SUV model, Avancier (Chinese name: Guandao/Guandao) at Auto China 2016*. The all-new Avancier will become Honda’s top-of-the-line model in China.

  • *The 14th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2016)
    Press days: April 25 - 26, Trade days: April 27 - 28, Public days: April 29 - May 4, 2016

The all-new Avancier was developed as Honda’s new flagship SUV model in China, which features a spacious cabin and high-quality driving experience. For the first time among all models sold by Honda in China, Avancier is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo engine that realizes a dynamic driving experience. Moreover, Avancier is equipped with the Honda SENSING™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Adopting such advanced technologies of Honda, the all-new Avancier SUV will provide customers with further enhanced joy of mobility.

The all-new Avancier will go on sale before the end of 2016 from Guangqi Honda Automobile Sales Co., Ltd., a sales subsidiary of Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.

In addition to all-new Avancier, Honda will exhibit the all-new Civic (Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd. product) which was recently introduced on April 12, 2016, as well as the all-new Accord Hybrid (Guangqi Honda product) which will be the first hybrid model Honda will produce locally in China.

  • Comments by Takahiro Hachigo, President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:
    “We are so grateful that our sales in China reached the 1 million unit-milestone in 2015. We view 2016 as a year for us to make another leap forward. We will begin local production of our hybrid vehicle and turbo engines and further accelerate the localization of our business. Honda will continue taking on new challenges in China.”