Honda 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…