With the arrival of the 2015 Fit, scheduled for this summer, Honda will add a new compact SUV, the HR-V. This new Honda utility will be built in a brand new ultra-modern facility in Mexico, and should arrive in Quebec just in time for snow next winter. Sharing the same platform as the Fit, it represents Honda's first foray into the segment, one that should experience strong growth in the years to come. The International Auto Show in New York City was the perfect excuse to publish the first photos of the new small truck. While very little information has been provided, there are indications that the "Magic Seat" system is present, allowing for several seating configurations and the ability to enlarge the cargo area by folding the seats completely flat. We're hoping that this seat is as well designed as it is in the CRV, offering maximum efficiency. Honda promises a spacious and versatile interior, surrounded by a fluid body style with expressive character lines. Like many other manufacturers with modern designs, we can see that the rear door handle is integrated into the C-pillar, giving the impression of the silhouette of a three-door model and highlighting it's sporty character. “Both the Fit and the HR-V show how great things are possible in small formats and nobody does that better than Honda,” said Dave Gardner, vice president of sales and marketing at Honda Canada Inc. “We are creating an entirely new market segment with the HR-V, which, together with the Fit, provides access to the Honda brand by first new car buyers as well as long-time followers of Honda.” There has been no announcement regarding the powertrain, but presumably it will be the new four-cylinder 1.5-litre direct injection Earth Dream found in the new Fit. Automatic and continuously variable transmission as well as a 6-speed manual will be on the menu. Standard and optional features should include a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7 inch touch screen with HondaLink, heated front seats, leather seating, GPS and LaneWatch blind spot display.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca