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Mike Stevens | Nov, 03 2014 | 5 Comments

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.

The new HR-V is scheduled to arrive early next year, taking on the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Ford Ecosport and Holden Trax.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the range to span the $20,000-30,000 bracket.

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