Honda HR-V revealed to battle with Nissan Juke

Honda HR-VHonda has confirmed its new Nissan Juke-rivaling supermini-crossover will revive the HR-V name and launch in the US this winter.

Based on the next-generation Honda Jazz platform, the HR-V is a mildly-tweaked version of the Japanese-market Honda Vezel that was launched at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.

Mildly tweaked indeed: it looks identical, complete with those rather pronounced ‘character lines’ on the side.

A roomy interior is promised thanks to the use of a central fuel tank and Honda’s neat Magic Seats, but Honda isn’t telling us much else about the HR-V yet.

It also isn’t saying if British models will be built in Britain. With the closure of a plant at Honda’s Swindon facility, this is unlikely: European cars may thus come from the same Mexican plant as US models.

Those with slightly longer memories may remember the HR-V was one of the original compact SUVs, launched back in the early 2000s. This one isn’t quite as leftfield as that car but it’s still a compact and cute addition to the British mini-SUV market.

Pity its arrival is set to take so long, then: although images of it debuted at the New York Motor Show 2014, don’t expect to see it here until we’re well into 2015…

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  • Ron

    Honda need that sooner rather than later, advertising will be critical to attract that young professional market they need, and which this car will appeal to.

  • motoringresearch

    Quite agree, Ron. Honda really is desperate for this car. And for the new Jazz, and the 2014 model year updates for the Civic…

  • dbramley

    So do we know if it will be called the HR-V when it hits the UK? I quite liked the Vezel name..

  • motoringresearch

    Certain to be HR-V. Great opportunity to trade on familiarity of old model (a car ahead of its time, it now seems…).