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Honda HR-V Coming To U.S.

With fuel economy standards becoming more stringent, automakers are looking for ways to offer practicality and fuel efficiency. Honda is doing that by bringing its compact crossover to our shores. The Honda HR-V, previously known as Vezel in oversea markets, should arrive this winter at Chapman Honda.

The HR-V is based on the latest-generation Honda Fit. The HR-V will rival the Nissan Juke and MINI Countryman, along with the numerous other entrants into the segment that are emerging. The HR-V will be Honda’s entry-level crossover, slotting in below the CR-V in both size and price.

Because it is based on the versatile Honda Fit, the HR-V will feature a flexible interior. It will share many innovations found in the Fit like Honda’s Magic Seat system, which allows for various rear seat configurations with the ability to fold the seats completely flat for additional cargo room.

Leaked images of the Japanese-market HR-V show a well-designed cabin. The HR-V has an interior that appears to be high quality like that of other small Hondas. It also has a sportier, driver-focused dashboard.

A large infotainment display, along with a line of air vents, is prominent in the interior. There is no word on whether U.S. offerings will offer the touchscreen.

On the outside, styling is different from that of global models. A hybrid version of the Vezel was available, but it is unlikely Honda will offer that in the U.S. market.

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder “Earth Dreams” engine debuting in the 2015 Honda Fit will power the 2015 HR-V. Power output is still under wraps, but should be close to what it makes in the Fit.

For the Fit, which should be comparable to the forthcoming HR-V, EPA rates it at 36 mpg combined fuel economy—33-mpg city and 41-mpg highway with the continuously variable transmission equipped. The larger HR-V may not achieve these exact numbers, but it should be close.

It isn’t clear if all-wheel drive would be available or if there will be any other transmission offered—we’d like to see a manual.

For more information, contact your Tucson Honda dealer today.