The first photos of the new Honda HR-V – a supermini SUV – have been revealed ahead of a debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and a 2015 on sale date.
If the Honda HR-V name sounds familiar, that’s because Honda has already made an HR-V – a small supermini SUV – which arrived in 1999- but disappeared a few years later before the world fell in love with small, funky SUVs like the Nissan Juke and MINI Countryman.
So having been in the small SUV market ahead of the curve – and dropping out again before the market took off – Honda has decided it’s time to bag a share of the seemingly ever-growing small SUV market – a market worth getting on for 100,000 sales a year in the UK – which means only one thing – an all new Honda HR-V.
Due to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show next month, Honda are billing the HR-V as a concept, but as far as we can see it’s pretty much production ready, and will arrive in Honda’s UK showrooms in summer 2015.
Likely to be available with FWD in lower-spec versions and 4WD in higher spec, the new HR-V will get a range of engine options including a 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo, 1.5 and 2.0 litre 4-cylinders and a new 150 bhp 1.5 litre diesel, and perhaps a hybrid too.
The new Honda HR-V will be a world car, with the HR-V badge in Europe and North America and the Honda Vezel in Japan, where it’s already on sale.
Honda’s Leon Brannan said:
The HR-V is a very welcome addition to our current model line up, it is a very popular and growing market segment that appeals to both retail and corporate customers.
The dealer network are very much looking forward to receiving the car in their showrooms and every UK dealer will be making the trip to Paris to see the car on show.
More details on the new Honda HR-V at the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks.
Related Photos: Honda Vezel