Honda has confirmed that its all-new compact SUV will resurrect the ‘HR-V’ name when it hits Australia in early 2015.
Revealed late last year as the ‘Vezel’ for the Japanese market, the new SUV was again showcased in New York last week: this time as the HR-V.
The HR-V name was last seen in Australia in 2001, when it starred in the Honda range as a ‘Low Emission Vehicle’, thanks to its compliance with strict new standards.
That model was powered by a 77kW 1.6 litre petrol engine, but the new HR-V can be had internationally with an 87kW 1.5 petrol unit and a 100kW petrol-electric hybrid system.
And while Australian specifications are still to be confirmed, local Honda boss Stephen Collins told TMR earlier this year that he expects the HR-V to become a core model in the brand’s local line-up.
"I think with that market growing to maybe medium-SUV type levels and offering both petrol and diesel, I think it will be a core car,” he said.
Can the HR-V become the company’s top seller in Australia, however? "It would be a big call to say it would outsell Civic but you never know,” Collins said.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the range to span the $20,000-30,000 bracket.