Here in Paris, Honda has unveiled its HR-V Prototype, a nearly production-ready version of a "new SUV for Europe." Before we take umbrage with that SUV designation – as far as we can tell the Fit-based crossover isn't much of a mudder – we should address the fact that at this year's New York Auto Show in April, Honda handed over just a few images and specs of the actually production-read HR-V for the US. Presumably this is a "prototype" for Europe, where the NYC car is US-specific, but we're still scratching our heads a bit.
No matter! Here in France, Honda tells us that the utile little hatch will be available powered by both a 1.5-liter gasoline engine (the one American customers will see), and a 1.6-liter diesel unit, both wearing the company's Earth Dreams Technology label and presumably running cleaner and more frugally than ever. In Europe, a standard six-speed manual will come with both mills, while the 1.5-liter will offer the option of a continuously variable transmission.
Inside, expect the same bigger-inside-than-outside magic that we've discussed with the standard Fit (or "Jazz" here in Paris) thanks to Honda's seriously flexible Magic Seat.
The HR-V will shed its prototype designation and go on sale in Europe next summer.
Honda reveals the prototype of new Urban SUV for Europe
- European HR-V prototype revealed at Mondial de l'Automobile
- Coupé-like design combined with the versatility and stability of an SUV
- 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol and 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engines
- New HR-V uses center fuel tank location to maximize cabin roominess
- Versatile Honda Magic Seats® exploit class-leading interior space
Honda has revealed its new urban SUV for Europe, which made its world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris today. The HR-V is Honda's new entry into Europe's fast-growing small SUV segment.
The unique exterior design of the new HR-V prototype echoes that of a coupé, with sharp, dynamic lines that link the sleek upper body with the stable and planted lower body. This coupé-esque elegance is achieved without compromising the interior practicality of the car.
The front wheel drive HR-V, can be powered by either the lightweight 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel or a 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline, both from Honda's Earth Dreams Technology series. Both engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the 1.5-liter i-VTEC unit can be fitted with a semi-automatic CVT transmission.
The HR-V features a center fuel tank location to create one of the most spacious and adaptable cabins in its sector. Honda Magic Seats® make use of this versatility by enabling a wide range of seating configurations, with the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for added cargo space.
Honda's new European HR-V is scheduled to go on sale across Europe during the summer of 2015.