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Honda HR-V Revealed: Vezel Goes West Photo:
Mike Stevens | Apr, 18 2014 | 1 Comment


Honda’s compact Vezel SUV has been given a second unveiling at this week’s New York Auto Show, following its debut in November last year.

This time around, Honda has resurrected the HR-V badge - and while not confirmed, it is likely this name we’ll see on the new SUV when it hits Australia early next year.

The HR-V was last seen in Australia as a compact SUV in the early 2000s, and the Vezel marks the company’s first appearance in that segment since.

For its HR-V incarnation, the Vezel hits the US market with a slightly different grille and headlight treatment, along with smaller door mirrors.

Technical details for the US market have not been revealed, but Japanese options will include Honda’s 87kW/144Nm 1.5 petrol engine and a 100kW/170Nm petrol-electric hybrid.

Front- and all-wheel-drive options will also be offered in Japan.

Speaking with TMR in January, Honda Australia boss Stephen Collins said the new SUV will play a key role in the company’s line-up, sitting below the larger CR-V family wagon.

“I would expect it would become a core model for us, I don't expect it would be a niche or a fringe model," Collins said.

"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.”

"It would be a big call to say it would outsell Civic but you never know,” he said.

The Vezel is scheduled to arrive early next year, at which point it will have no shortage of competitors in the small SUV segment - cars like 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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