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Honda to Announce Fit-Based Crossover at New York

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/12/2014 Erick Ayapana

With the Honda Element out of the picture and the CR-V’s having grown up a bit, the automaker no longer has a small and quirky model in its crossover lineup. That will change by the end of the year when an all-new, Fit-based model is slated to arrive in the U.S. Honda announced it will share more details on its new crossover at the 2014 New York Auto Show, though it’s unclear if show goers will have an example to look at.

As previously reported, the compact crossover is already on sale in Japan where it’s called the Vezel. On this side of the Pacific, however, it will be sold with HR-V badges, matching the nomenclature style of its larger sibling. Honda recently filed the “HR-V” name with the U.S. trademark office.MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Honda hasn’t released powertrain details, though expect the HR-V to be powered by the 2015 Honda Fit ’s 130-hp, 1.5-liter inline-four engine. A CVT will most likely be used, though it’ll be interesting to see if Honda offers the HR-V with a six-speed manual. The fourth-generation Fit is slightly larger, with a wheelbase that has stretched 1.2 inches, providing more passenger and cargo room. The chassis is not only stiffer thanks to a new body-on-skeleton construction, but it’s also lighter thanks to a number of revised components such as its hollow front anti-roll bar.

Expect more HR-V details at the New York show, where Honda could provide powertrain, pricing, and production info.

Source: Honda

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