The Honda HR-V: More Practicality In A Smaller Package
Crossovers and compact SUV’s don’t exactly command the same excitement as exotic European supercars, but this upcoming Honda should be one crossover worth celebrating. Revealed at the New York International Auto Show – in photos at least – is the upcoming 2015 Honda HR-V. The HR-V originally debuted in concept form at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show as the Honda Urban SUV Concept, and surprisingly it has retained much if not all of its good looks, minus the wheels and LED headlights. Details are still a bit hazy, but here’s what we know so far. PHOTOS: See a gallery of the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R
In order to compete in North America’s growing compact SUV market, Honda needed something a bit smaller than the midsize CR-V, which still hits strong sales figures. The answer was to port over a Fit-based crossover that scaled back in size but didn’t skimp on ability. The HR-V became the solution, and since it’s built upon the same platform that underpins the all-new 2015 Fit, both vehicles will be assembled at Honda’s Celaya, Mexico production plant.
The HR-V offers Honda’s exclusive Magic Seat feature, allowing drivers to fold the rear seat flat for added carrying capacity. But in addition to practicality, styling remains a top priority as well, and this certainly doesn’t leave us with a bad taste. Subtle design cues like the flared fenders and the sculpted creases alongside the doors make the HR-V appear exciting and capable.
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The juicy stuff will have to wait. Honda hasn’t revealed any engine and powertrain details yet, but you can bet that the HR-V will inherit the Fit’s 1.5L 130-horsepower four-cylinder mated to the CVT transmission. Hopefully the six-speed manual makes the cut and perhaps a scaled-down version of the all-wheel-drive system from the CR-V. Regardless, this should remain a car to pay close attention to.