Last few months we were able to hear information’s from Honda that the all new compact crossover model will be offered. Reports suggested that this model will be based on the Fit and that it will come with the 2015 Honda HR-V name. Even details are still well kept secret we did receive few lines of info about it.
Same platform for the 2015 Honda HR-V is used like it is the case with Fit hatchback. This allows lower production costs and as a result we have the final price lower than it would be if the all new platform is developed. Since there are few other similarities we are getting a lot of space in the cabin for passengers and if you need more cargo space this model will give you the possibility to fold down the rear seat flat into the floor thankfully to Honda’s Magic Seat.
2015 Honda HR-V Release Date
Production version of this model was officially presented at the New York Auto Show that was held recently. It was not an official presentation that we hopped to receive, instead of the live promotion and the model offered in live we have received only few images. At this point we have only three images of this model that show the exterior and none of those gives us any clue about the interior looks. While we are waiting for more images and details about new CUV we could hear that it will join Honda lineup during this winter.
There is no doubt that this new vehicle comes with almost identical looks like the Urban SUV Concept that was shown at Detroit and it is obvious that it draws inspiration from this concept. There are few noticeable changes since the production version will not come with such a large wheels we were able to see on concept and LED headlights that were quite unusual. Grille has been split with a center bar and is well combined with diamond shaped headlights. Looking from the side we can notice that the creases are not that pronounced like on the concept but we still have the rear handles that are integrated into the back pillar.
One of the things in which we are quite interested in is the powertrain that will be offered in this model. Currently we only have rumors since no official data has been released. According to these reports there could be the 1.5 liter direct injection four cylinder unit that will send power through a CVT to front wheels. Another option is the turbocharged 4 cylinder engine but at this point there are no details about the displacement or the power of this powerplant.
Price Of 2015 Honda HR-V
Since a lot of parts of the 2015 Honda HR-V are shared with the Honda Fit it is obvious step to build this model in the Celaya, Mexico plant. When it comes to market position we will see it slightly below CR-V in terms of both size and price. Since the price of CR-V starts at about $30,000 it is ok to assume that the new model will come with price tag of $22,000 to $ 26,000 for a base version. Last few years we were able to see readiness of the U.S. market to adopt smaller models and this is the result so we do expect to see decent amount of sales brought to Honda with delivery of this model.