Honda HR-V Is Back in the UK With New 1.6 Diesel Engine

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Big news for British Honda lovers as the baby SUV HR-V is set to make a comeback in the UK, after its 1999 debut. The even bigger news is that the new Honda HR-V will use a new 1.6-liter diesel powerhouse, courtesy of Honda Earth Dreams Technology.
Since the UK small SUVs market has become more and more crowded in recent years, with Nissan Juke and Opel / Vauxhall Mokka leading the pack in the segment, Honda remembered it once tried to secure a piece of that with the first-generation HR-V, but without much success.

As we all know very well that history has a funny way of repeating itself, Honda is back in the baby SUV pond with the new HR-V. The crossover will be available in the UK with front-wheel drive only but clients will be able to select, for the first time, a 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine offering 120 HP.

In addition, the petrol department is being nurtured by a 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine delivering 130 HP. Both the diesel and the petrol units are mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.5-liter petrol engine can be connected to a semi-automatic CVT transmission, with paddle-shift on some grades. Hard to say why would anyone want that, but we won’t let this bother us too much.

On the outside, the new Honda HR-V is mixing things up a bit and will feature a SUV-like appearance softened by discrete coupe-ish lines. We won’t say more, as looks are a rather subjective matter, so you’re better off with browsing the photo gallery in order to make an opinion.

Knowing Honda’s affinity for practicality and space, expect a pretty versatile cockpit which can comfortably accommodate five people. The new HR-V receives the Magic Seats system (with two modes: Utility and Tall) thanks to which the rear bench can be folded flat and most important, the rear seat squabs fold upwards against the seat backs. This way, Honda hopes you’ll be able to carry tall items in the rear footwells, thanks to the centrally mounted low-profile fuel tank.

The boot offers 453 liters of space with the rear seats in use and 1,026 liters with the rear seats folded away. The interior is overlooked by the seven-inch Honda Connect touchscreen offered as standard in Sport and Executive equipment levels. It runs Android 4.0.4 operating system and can be used as a regular smartphone thanks to its pinch, swipe and tap functions.

Pricing details are not being disclosed by Honda at the moment, although Japanese officials say the HR-V will arrive in the UK this summer.
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