Last week we’ve told you that Honda will introduce in the United States, a new compact SUV based on the popular Fit. Today, the new model became official as the Japanese carmaker announced that at the 2014 New York International Auto Show it will debut an all-new compact SUV that will join Fit this winter.
Although Honda didn’t reveal the name of its new vehicle, we did find out that it will be called the HR-V. As expected, this model will actually be an American version of the Vezel that was introduced in Japan last year. Asked about the HR-V trademark filled by Honda, a spokesman didn’t reveal any details but said the we should “Stay tuned!”.
Several reports said that the vehicle was already shown to dealers and Honda called it the HR-V. For those who don’t know, the HR-V is not a new name for Honda as the Japan company offered a subcompact crossover in Europe with that badge from 1999 to 2006. We expect the new compact crossover to use the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine found on the Vezel and capable to deliver 130 hp (97 kW) and 114 lb-ft (154 Nm) of torque.
Honda also offers a hybrid version of the Vezel, which uses the same 1.5-liter petrol engine as well as a 22 kW electric motor. The upcoming 2015 Honda HR-V is expected to be slotted bellow the CR-V. If the Fit starts at $16,000 and the CR-V costs $24,000, the HR-V will be priced somewhere between the two vehicles.
More details to be announced next week, when the 2015 Honda HR-V will make its debut in the Big Apple!