All-New 2015 Honda HR-V Will Launch This Winter

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We've reported you a little while back that the Fit-based crossover Honda intends to bring Stateside could be marketed as the HR-V. And our intuition was right: the Japanese carmaker officially confirmed at the New York Auto Show that the 2015 HR-V will be launched in the U.S. sometime this winter.
On the styling front, the U.S.-bound HR-V looks virtually identical to the Japanese version of the model except for minor changes brought to the front grille and headlamps. As opposed to the uninspiredly named Vezel, the HR-V doesn't benefit from integrated turning signals in its door mirrors.

Being based on the underpinnings of the 2015 Fit, the HR-V will certainly be offered with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-pot engine mated to a CVT gearbox. If Honda decides to sell the hybrid version too, the powertrain will feature Honda's seven-speed Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive transmission.

"Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. "Together these models also represent Honda's step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years."

Thanks to a unique center tank layout, the 2015 Honda CR-V features a pretty spacious interior for this vehicle segment. The B-Segment crossover will also feature Magic Seat technology, which allows multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row of seats completely flat for added cargo space.

Unfortunately, there's no word as to pricing just yet. In Japan, prices range from 1.87 million yen ($18,850 at current rates) for the base 2WD model and top out at 2.68 million yen ($26,012) for the top-spec 4WD hybrid equipped with the seven-speed DCT gearbox.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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