Honda continues its onslaught of exciting new models this year with the introduction of the all-new 2015 Honda HR-V, a subcompact crossover that will base from the new-generation Honda Fit small car platform.
In a segment that didn't exist a couple of years ago, new tidy CUVs like the Buick Encore and Nissan Juke have shown that buyers want the tall seating position crossovers allow, without the large and unwieldy dimensions.
The HR-V will slot into the Honda lineup below the current CR-V in price and performance. Sized roughly like the new 2015 Fit but slightly longer and significantly taller, the HR-V will be able to utilize the Fit platform’s highly versatile interior.
Honda’s second-row Magic Seat will fold flat into the floor or vertically from the seat cushion upward to accommodate tall items, and cargo capacity should be gargantuan for such a small vehicle. Figure on the latest in HondaLink infotainment technology including AppleCarPlay OS with Siri Eyes Free control, along with Honda’s secondary i-MID customizable display that sits high in the dash, providing useful info easy to access while on the go.
With its diamond-shaped headlamps, tidy grille and prominent side-body crease extending seamlessly from below the side-view mirrors toward the C-pillar, the new HR-V features a gender-neutral design that should appeal to a wide variety of CUV shoppers. With an industry trend toward smaller and more-efficient crossovers, Honda is poised to be at the forefront of this all-new market segment.
Powertrain details are as-yet unreleased, but figure on the same 1.5-liter direct-injection i-VTEC four-cylinder and CVT transmission combo set to power the new Fit along with front-wheel drive. Fuel efficiency should come in at nearly 40 mpg on the highway. A rumored turbocharged version of said four-cylinder would be the upscale engine choice, competing nicely with the sporty turbocharged Juke, and available AWD is a distinct possibility.
The 2015 Honda HR-V will go on sale this Winter. Pricing is as yet unreleased, but figure on a base MSRP of just under $20,000.