New York 2014: Honda HR-V nameplate revived

New York 2014: Honda HR-V nameplate revived image

Text: VJ Bacungan / Photos: Honda Press | posted April 21, 2014 13:44

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Honda’s quirky HR-V is back.

The automaker has revealed exterior shots of the new, compact sport-utility vehicle at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. It has been on sale in Japan since December 2013 as the Vezel.

The HR-V was previewed by the Urban SUV concept shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, with the grille and the head lights in one, upswept unit. The chunky fenders and the sculpted lower bumper give the front a cute and purposeful look.

The upswept line along the side leads to the hidden door handles near the top of the back doors.

Honda HR-V rear

The HR-V has a triangular rear end, with creases running from the base of the tail lights to the bottom of the tailgate. A small rear spoiler adds to the sporty look.

The company said in a press release that the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique center fuel tank layout, like the Fit/Jazz.

It will also be equipped with ‘Magic Seat,’ which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space.

The HR-V will be positioned below the CR-V in terms of size and price. As a reference, the Japanese-market Vezel is 4,295 mm long, 1,770 mm wide and has a 2,610 mm wheelbase.

Like the Vezel, the HR-V will likely be available in front- or all-wheel drive, 1.5-liter, direct-injection, four-cylinder i-VTEC engine with 131 PS, mated to a continuously variable transmission, or a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, i-DCD hybrid engine with 151 PS, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The company said additional details will be released later this year, with US sales to start in Winter 2014.

The boxy, previous-generation HR-V, produced from 1999 to 2006, was based on the Logo sub-compact.