HR-V: Honda turns on the turbo !

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The Honda HR-V will make its grand return to European dealerships at the start of 2015. If this compact SUV has been missing from the catalogue these past years, it never ceased to exist. In Japan, the latest HR-V is called Vezel and was launched at the end of 2013. This version is quite close to the European model. At the end of the week, at the Paris Motor Show, the HR-V will be presented as a prototype model.

With this HR-V, the manufacturer has a model capable of standing up to cars such as the Opel Mokka, Nissan Qashqai and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. Concretely, it appears to have a nicely stated style. If the front reminds us a bit of the current CR-V, the rear wants to appear much more modern, with namely strong lateral veins which climb up to the door handle, ‘boomerang’ style rear lights, and a strongly inclined window.

In what concerns the interior, you have to - according to Honda – expect an exemplary versatility. The manufacturer has in fact placed the fuel reservoir under the chassis so as to give the occupants as much space as possible, and also to adapt its Magic Seats system which offers a multitude of configurations.

Lastly, to run this HR-V, Honda will use its diesel 1.6 i-DTEC engine with 120 horsepower, but it will also unveil a hybrid version. A first for this segment! This alternative will link a 1.5 litre atmospheric engine to an electric engine. The whole should deliver 137 horsepower. For the other 95 unleaded petrol engines, Honda announces engines which will convert to superchargers. Another first for the manufacturer!

And you, what do you think of this new generation of HR-V?