The 2015 Honda HR-V is built on a subcompact platform -- in this case, the Honda Fit.
The Fit itself is redesigned for 2015: slightly shorter, wider and roomier, particularly for those in the rear seats. The HR-V should extend the Fit's improvements with an added 7 inches of overall length, a taller ride height and a low tailgate opening that spans more than 40 inches. The new crossover will also incorporate the Fit's interior flexibility, with rear seatbacks that fold flat and seat cushions that can fold up from the floor. The passenger seat can also lay nearly flat, creating a cargo channel from the tailgate to the dash.
The HR-V will likely share the new Fit's 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 130 horsepower and matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) driving the front wheels. A sportier, turbocharged version should follow the launch of the standard model. A hybrid version for the U.S. is possible if initial HR-V sales are strong, as is an all-wheel-drive option.
The HR-V will slot between the new Fit and the larger CR-V crossover. At 9 inches shorter, 1 inch lower and about 700 pounds lighter than the CR-V, the HR-V should offer a unique choice for those who need space for passengers and gear without the family-sized CR-V footprint. The HR-V's size and probable all-wheel-drive option make it a prime contender against other sporty small crossovers like the Nissan Juke, Subaru XV Crosstrek and even the Mazda CX-5.
The 2015 Honda HR-V should arrive late this fall or in early 2015. Check back for a full review of the 2015 Honda HR-V, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available. http://www.edmunds.com/honda/hr-v/2015/#fullreview
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Reminds of the Outlander Sport, which seems to be quite popular here in NYC, I have no doubt Honda will sell these if priced right .
Since it is done on the Fit platform, it will probably be a little smaller than the Outlander Sport. From what I can tell, it will probably go head to head with the Subaru XV Crosstrek....which is also done on Subaru's smallest American-market platform.
Juke competetion? As ugly as those things are, they are EVERWHERE, at least here. drives me NUTS.
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