Peter Rydberg

Honda has revealed its European-market HR-V ahead of the vehicle’s premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month. The HR-V Prototype, as it’s badged, features a similar front end to the US-market version of the Vezel that was announced back in April.

While the front grille layout is identical, the Euro variant of the small SUV gets different styled headlamps, and it also wears different design five-spoke alloys.

Peter Rydberg

Also different, the side mirror design, and that’s not all – there is also a marginal difference in how the Euro and Chinese-market version’s side mirrors are styled. The Chinese model, called the XR-V, gets a totally different face, with a more padded front, as well as a different wheel.

No mention of powertrain options for the continent – the Vezel runs with a regular L15A 1.5 litre engine (with CVT) as well as a new 1.5 litre Sport Hybrid i-DCD system in its domestic market, while the Chinese XR-V features 1.5 and 1.8 litre units, paired with manual or CVT ‘boxes. More when it debuts in Paris.

Honda Vezel

Honda HR-V (US version) and XR-V (China)