The Honda HR-V will be launched in Europe in September, after having received huge success in Japan and America. The HR-V will incorporate a number of changes specific for the European market. Specifically the ride and handling has been tuned for European roads, while the new CVT control logics have also been developed to match European expectations. The HR-V will also get the 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine that is only available for Honda vehicles in Europe.
The compact crossover promises to offer the most spacious cabin in its class thanks to Honda’s 60:40 split-folding Magic Seat. With the rear seats in position, the trunk capacity stands at 453 liters and can be boosted to 1,026 liters after folding the seats. The 7-inch (5-inch for lesser models) infotainment system runs on Android 4.0.4 and benefits from Garmin Navigation software while additional apps can be downloaded from the Honda App Center. Numerous connectivity options are available as a wide variety of devices can be connected through USB, HDMI, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and MirrorLink.
Depending on trim, the HR-V can come with a plethora of safety & assistance systems such as Advanced Driver Assist, City Brake Active Assist, Intelligent Speed Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, High-beam Support and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Introduced in Japan in late-2013 as the Vezel, the SUV’s blend of style, space and versatility has led it to top the sales charts. After selling more than 96,000 units in 2014 the automatic transmission Vezel has become the bestselling car in the SUV category for the past 18 months. The Vezel has attracted over 140,000 Japanese customers to date, with 38,218 sold in the first half of 2015 alone. The HR-V arrived in America in June, driving SUV sales up by 18% for Honda. In its first month the HR-V sold 7760 units.