Driving the street of Japan for well over a year as the Vezel (watch bezel) American Honda Motors will hit the streets of North America sometime in the late spring with a sub-compact crossover that they believe will take economical-sport-utility to the next level.
We’ve driven HR-V, and walked away impressed
As the rest of the automotive journalism world catches up with a little seat time behind the wheel of 2016 HR-V, Honda’s asked us to hold off on sharing our driving impressions, exacting technical specifications and pricing until the end of April. Fair enough, we believe that a picture speaks a thousand words.
What we do know
2016 Honda HR-V is manufactured on the same production line as Fit in Celaya, Mexico. Employing the Fit based center fuel tank World-Chassis and top crash rated ACE ™ frame, 2016 HR-V crossover will bring a longer, wider, coupe-like visual and driving experience to the sub-compact crossover segment while preserving Fit-like fuel economy and interior transformability. with a coupe-like driving cockpit and flat-deck 5 door transport and hauling capability, HR-V brings a much needed dynamic to a segment dominated by cube-like offerings.
Engine and drive-train
For 2016 HR-V will be fitted with a Civic derived 1.8 Liter fuel injected SOHC i-VTEC 4 cylinder gasoline engine developing 140+ horsepower; 7 more than Fit. Sending torque to the pavement will arguably the best working CVT transmission in the segment. A Honda CR-V- like Real Time ™ all-wheel-drive option is available, with a 6 speed close ratio transmission option for FWD variants only. EPA standards places HR-V combined fuel economy at 33 mpg. We’ll be commenting on ride impressions in late April.
looking to the interior of 2016 HR-V we find a well finished coupe-like driving environment, sporting plenty of head, hip and leg room. Clean visual line abounds throughout with just enough bling to hold one’s attention.
looking to the price point
While Honda hasn’t released final MSRP or delivery date, we do know that HR-V will be the portal vehicle for Honda’s light truck lineup. Thus, beginning MSRP will fall below $20,000 and top out in the low to mid $25,000 bracket. 206 HR-V will sell well in a segment lacking entry-level refinement, exceptional personal connectivity and standard active safety features. HR-V takes Fit sensibility and utility to the next level without breaking the family budget.
Take a look at the photos, let your imagination run wild, that’s 2016 HR-V.