Honda used the Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal the U.S. spec version of the HR-V crossover. The vehicle is based on the same platform as the Fit and will compete in a red hot segment of the automotive market.
Powering the HR-V is a 1.8-liter Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine which outclasses the 1.5-liter engine used in the Fit. Top output measures 138 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. A CVT transmission can be had on front- and all-wheel drive models. The six-speed manual transmission will only be an option on front-wheel drive HR-Vs. Drivers are coached on driving efficiently through an Eco Assist feature that changes the color of the speedometer lights according to how economically the vehicle is being driven.
Like other small crossovers, the HR-V has a look that is more reminiscent of a large hatchback instead of a crossover trying to look like an SUV. Its height measures only 63.2 inches, and the vehicle’s overall length comes in at 169.1 inches, while the width is 69.8 inches. One of the most important figures is the cargo volume, which comes in at 24.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up. Folding down the seats expands the space to 58.8 cubic feet. And of course the interior is incredibly flexible, thanks to the Magic Seat system many are already familiar with in the Fit, which allows for some unbelievably large items to be loaded into the vehicle.
Among the safety features is a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) structure in the front of the vehicle, which is designed to absorb crash forces in an accident. A rearview camera is standard, which provides improved visibility for the driver along with the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. Experts are anticipating that the HR-V will earn top marks from IIHS and the NHTSA.
The Honda HR-V is set to arrive at dealers across the nation early in 2015. Fuel economy estimates from the EPA will be available shortly before the model’s launch into the market.