Reports from earlier this month pointed to the HR-V name being used for the US-market Honda Vezel, and it is now confirmed with the first official photos of the US-market Honda HR-V, released at NYIAS 2014.
The HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique centre tank layout. Honda is second to none in packaging, and the HR-V will come with the Jazz’s famous folding Magic Seats. To sit under the CR-V in Honda’s SUV lineup, the HR-V will be launched this winter in the US. No mention of powertrains yet.
In Japan, the Vezel can be had with the new 1.5 litre Sport Hybrid i-DCD system that combines a normally-aspirated 1.5 litre direct-injection DOHC engine with a 29.5 PS/160 Nm lithium-ion-powered electric motor, matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There’s also a regular 131 PS/155 Nm 1.5L CVT combo.
We’ve covered the Honda Vezel extensively since the Jazz-based crossover made its debut at Tokyo 2013. Since then, sporty and hardcore versions of the B-segment SUV have been rolled out by usual suspects Modulo and Mugen.
The Honda Vezel/HR-V will be coming to Malaysia in the near future, and we’re putting our money on the HR-V name being used here. Which do you prefer? By the way, THIS was the original Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle, a tall box that existed in the noughties.
Honda Vezel world debut at Tokyo 2013