Birds of a Feather: Honda refreshes two identical SUVs at once
Four years ago, GAC Honda launched an SUV called Avancier in China, while Dongfeng produced its complete clone called UR-V. Both came based on the same Honda D Concept revealed a year before. Today, both received a mid-life refresh.
While technically identical, the two models sport slightly different trim options, making the UR-V considerably more expensive than the Avancier. As a result, the former only sold 27,840 units in 2019, whereas the latter found 71,552 buyers.
The facelift doesn’t bring much to the table for either. The novelty boils down to newly designed radiator grilles, bumpers and lights all around. Inside, the Avancier now features a button-based gear selector, which the UR-V had all along.
At 4,816 millimeters (15.8 feet) long, the Avancier used to be 9 mm (0.35”) shorter than the UR-V. The facelift makes it 4,858 mm (15.94 feet) long and thus 2 mm (0.07”) longer than the new UR-V. Other than that, the dimensions remain the same.
Both still ship with two engines to select between. One of these is a 1.5-liter turbo-four rated at 193 hp (144 kW) and 243 Nm (179 lb-ft) of torque, which links to an IVT. The other one is a 2.0-liter turbo with 272 hp (203 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic and AWD (optional).
Editor Andrew Raspopov