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The 2016 Honda HR-V Debuts With Civic I-4 Power

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/19/2014 Megan Stewart, Chris Clonts
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Back at the 2013 Detroit auto show, we were first introduced to Honda's Urban SUV Concept , which previewed a model that would slot beneath the CR-V. Based off the Fit's platform, the Japanese-market Honda Vezel was shown off late last year, and now Honda is revealing the U.S.-market version, the 2016 HR-V, at the L.A. auto show.

The all-new 2016 Honda HR-V takes aim at the Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax, and upcoming Mazda CX-3, offering more cargo and passenger space compared to the Juke, along with a refined interior and sharp exterior design. The new crossover will be powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine borrowed from the Civic, as opposed to the 1.3-liter that powers the Fit. The HR-V's 1.8-liter is down slightly from the Civic's output at 138 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque, but that's still more than the 130 hp and 114 lb-ft produced by the 1.5-liter mill in the JDM Vezel. The engine will come paired with either a CVT or six-speed manual transmission, and will be available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The manual gearbox is reserved exclusively for front-drive models.

While the latest model to join the Honda lineup has yet to be tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, the automaker is expecting top safety ratings from both institutions, thanks to its abundant standard and available safety features. Coming in three different trims, including LX, EX, and EX-L, the 2016 Honda HR-V will feature standard power windows, door locks, and mirrors, a rearview camera, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth, and Pandora radio. Optional features for higher-trim models include a 7-inch touchscreen display, Honda LaneWatch, keyless entry and ignition, paddle shifters, satellite radio, and more. Being based on the Fit's platform, the HR-V also benefits from a center-mounted fuel tank, which gives the mini-crossover space for a configurable "Magic Seat." Just as it does in the Fit, the Magic Seat folds flat and can be reconfigured in a number of other ways.

Honda Vice President Jeff Conrad said the HR-V highlights Honda's expertise in packaging and passenger/cargo room-to-size ratio that the automaker perfected with the 2015 Fit, for which sales were up 83 percent in October year-over-year. A major reason for all that room: The center fuel tank layout of the Fit and the HR-V.

The 2016 Honda HR-V Debuts With Civic I-4 Power

On the sleek design, Honda Product Planning Manager for Trucks James Jenkins said that the company placed an unusual emphasis on the styling and its utility. It's for Gen Y. Gen Y has a lot of friends" which means good space for rear passengers and cargo.

Note on the name: Jenkins ABSOLUTELY INSISTS that HR-V "stands for nothing, yet." Motor Trend Executive Editor Ron Kiino asserts in a First Drive of HR-V's sister, the JDM Vezel, that it could very well stand for "home run vehicle."

The all-new 2016 Honda HR-V will hit dealer floors early next year.

Source: Honda

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