Honda has confirmed that its compact new HR-V SUV will be offered exclusively with a 1.8 litre petrol engine when it hits Australia in February.
Overseas, the new reborn HR-V (offered in Japan as the Vezel) comes in 1.5 litre petrol and 1.6 litre diesel forms, along with a petrol-electric hybrid option.
In Australia, the HR-V will be driven by a 1.8 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine - shared with the Civic - that offers 105kW and 172Nm of torque.
Honda promises fuel consumption figures of between 6.6 and 6.9 l/100km.
By comparison, the new Jazz hatch, which shares its platform with the HR-V, is offered with an 88kW 1.5 litre engine only.
Transmission options have not been confirmed. It is also unclear if the HR-V will be offered here in front- and all-wheel-drive, or all-wheel-drive only.
It is believed however that the light HR-V will likely come with a CVT automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive from launch.
The HR-V will be the first model to introduce City-Brake Active for Honda in Australia, which provides an audible alert if a front impact is anticipated, and, if necessary, automatically applies the vehicle’s brakes.
Like the City sedan, Jazz hatch and large Odyssey people-mover, the HR-V will also be offered in Australia with Honda’s iPhone-compatible Display Audio system, adding enhanced connectivity and maps to its feature list.
“The all-new HR-V is a very important model,” Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins said. “The HR-V will be positioned below the CR-V and complement our SUV line-up by offering versatility and practicality along with new safety technology, loads of features and of course a sporty, dynamic drive.”
“We know consumers want more choice and we will offer that choice in the all-new HR-V, right into one of Australia’s fastest growing segments.”
Speaking with TMR earlier this year, Mr Collins said 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? "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.