You may remember it as the Urban SUV (pictured above) from when it debuted in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show last year, or know it as the Vezel as the production version was unveiled for the Japanese Domestic Market at the 2014 Tokyo Motor Show. But when Honda starts exporting its new Fit-based crossover – or better yet, building it in Mexico for North American consumption – it will be called the HR-V.

This news comes courtesy of Honda enthusiast forum Temple of VTEC. When contacted by Autoblog, Honda spokesmen declined to comment on the veracity of the report, saying only that it would "announce the name in the near future," but the handle fits with what we know about Honda's history with compact crossovers. The previous HR-V (which was not available in the States) was a high-riding, squared-off crossover built between 1999 and 2006 and based on the Fit's predecessor, the Honda Logo.

While the HR-V moniker might not have name recognition in North America, it would in Europe where Honda also hopes its new crossover will find eager customers. It will also fit in nicely below the CR-V that will continue on as the HR-V's larger stablemate.


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      RA
      • 8 Months Ago
      that looks GREAT.
      Paul
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is the first honda design that I've actually really liked in the last 5 years.
      prez29
      • 8 Months Ago
      The best looking Honda EVER.
        petemason
        • 8 Months Ago
        @prez29
        Which, if you think about it, isn't saying very much.
      HondaProJason
      • 8 Months Ago
      This will be a great addition to Honda's very strong vehicle line up.
      Ron
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've got (a) HRV will go down real well in my local watering hole. Every girl and a quarter of the guys will immediately leave.
      normc32
      • 8 Months Ago
      My Encore is going to smoke this as it matches the lighter car-based Fit in Motor Trend figure-eight test. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/1202_2012_honda_fit_first_test/?fullsite=true http://www.motortrend.com/oftheyear/suv/1312_2014_suv_the_year_contenders/?fullsite=true
        chrishs2000
        • 8 Months Ago
        @normc32
        If you bought your SUV because of a slalom time in a magazine, you truly are a moron.
        clquake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @normc32
        http://www.autoblog.com/2012/12/10/2013-buick-encore-first-drive-review/ Your Encore has a 0-60 time of a week. The only thing is smokes is a retiree in a wheel chair.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @normc32
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      FRD
      • 8 Months Ago
      Honda is behind the times, KIA already makes that vehicle.
      bullitt2605
      • 8 Months Ago
      They learned nothing form the ill selling Acura ZDX with a very similar roof line and rear door. Very hard to get in and out of, not much room once your in there and not much utility.
        cpmanx
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bullitt2605
        The greenhouse style is similar, but the actual roofline is quite a bit different. See: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2013-honda-urban-suv-concept/#photo-166355/ http://images.thecarconnection.com/lrg/2011-acura-zdx-awd-4-door-side-exterior-view_100337215_l.jpg I'm not fond of the style--especially the likely huge blind spots it creates--but I suspect the interior room in the HR-V will actually be pretty decent.
          bullitt2605
          • 8 Months Ago
          @cpmanx
          The extra couple of inches you are talking about will not make much difference. I spent 3 days with a ZDX. awful. And yes there was a huge blind spot in the ZDX. This whole generation of TUV (totally useless vehicles) from Honda/Acura, BMW and others just baffles me as to why anyone would want one. Buy a sedan or an SUV these make no sense.
          mary.keana
          • 8 Months Ago
          @cpmanx
          bullitt2605, this is nothing is common with the ZDX
      bonehead
      • 8 Months Ago
      Awesome take an economy car that already has the worst mileage in its class, make it heavier and more expensive. Then put 'merica on it. Sounds about right. If they were to alter the Fit to improve it they nee to make it longer (more wagon like and thus more practical). And they shoudl be able to increase the mileage and hp by a lot. IT may be a different story once the new fit arrives but the current one gets on the hwy what a CX-5 does. not too impressive.
      thenewrick
      • 8 Months Ago
      This would be perfect for my Mom who wants something smaller than a CR-V but higher-riding than a Fit. She would prefer a luxury version, perhaps an Acura treatment? I hope this is a good product!
      upx42
      • 8 Months Ago
      Honda needs to make/sell these in the U.S., at a reasonable price, ASAP !
        upx42
        • 8 Months Ago
        @upx42
        I wish autoblog would find the idiot with the multiple accounts on the same IP address -- who made all the ridiculous anti-honda down votes -- and ban him permanently.
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