Honda Announces New 2015 HR-V
Honda is resurrecting a name from its not-so-distant past for the North American version of the Fit / Jazz-based Vezel compact crossover, which it announced and previewed through a set of photos, but didn’t bring on stage, at the New York Auto Show : the HR-V.
The new 2015 HR-V is almost identical in appearance to the Japanese market Vezel, with the only changes we spotted on the outside being the different treatment for the front grille and headlamp fixtures, and the smaller door mirrors that do not include turning signals.
The HR-V is based on the 2015 Honda Fit, and shares many of the same unique features that we’ve come to love in the Fit. For example, the HR-V will come standard with the Fit’s Magic Seat configuration, which allows owners to move the seats in multiple configurations, making the most out of the car’s tiny package. That’ll be important, since the HR-V is smaller even than the Honda CR-V midsize crossover.
It’s likely that the same drivetrains from the Fit will be available in the HR-V, too, meaning we’ll see a revvy 1.5-liter four-cylinder, and either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. Look forward to more information on the HR-V, but in the meantime, take a look at our gallery, and let us know what you think of the subcompact crossover’s styling in the comments below.