New Compact Honda HR-V SUV Will Get Hybrid Version

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The Japanese automaker in autumn 2013 was presented to the public a new model of the crossover Honda Vezel, which took in the model lineup after the CR-V. And in the framework of the motor show in October in Paris in 2014, the world debut of this model, intended for the market of the countries of the Europe, took place. As expected, the novelty in Europe and the States will be sold under the name Honda HR-V.

Dynamic Exterior

The appearance of the Honda Vezel (under this name the crossover is sold in the Japanese domestic market) basically has a platform presented at the beginning of the year prototype Urban, except for this novice took many of its features, as well as the design concept.

The exterior of the new SUV is quite dynamic, attractive and has its own individual style, which fits perfectly into the requirements of modern car design.

Futuristic Looking Interior

Salon Honda HR-V received a five-seat layout, the interior is decorated in the style of a sports car. In the front panel interface, you can see futuristic notes. In addition, the interior decoration in the two-color solution is again obliged to emphasize the orientation of the style to the sporting character. Although the crossover has got compact dimensions, the cabin is quite spacious, comfortable, comfortable and can quite claim the title of the most ergonomic in its segment.

This is also facilitated by the system of transforming the second row of seats – “Magic Seats”, which provides an opportunity to significantly increase the space in the luggage compartment, due to which in the trunk can be transported and dimensional cargo. The standard volume of the luggage compartment, depending on the version of the car can be either 14.2 or 15.9 cubic feet.

Hybrid Version Expected

Initially, the crossover will be available with two modifications of the power plant. For the base version of the engine was taken petrol four-cylinder engine L15B with a volume of 1500 cm3. The engine is equipped with 16-valve gas distribution system DOHC family, as well as the i-VTEC system, which changes the phases of gas distribution under the control of electronics, there is in the engine and a direct fuel injection system. The output of the L15B unit is 131 HP. The torque available at 4600rpm is 114 ft lb. While the dynamic characteristics of this unit are not disclosed, and it will work only in conjunction with a CVT.

The second modification of the compact SUV is a hybrid version equipped with a Sport Hybrid I-DCD 2 powerplant. In the composition, which includes the same gasoline 1500 cc engine model L15B with i-VTEC and DOHC systems, plus a compact electric motor of increased capacity (22 kW). Total power in the sum reaches 152 horsepower. According to the manufacturer, such indicators will allow to bring the dynamic characteristics of the Honda HR-V 2015 to the level of Honda models equipped with two-liter engines. In addition, the hybrid version on the domestic market shows excellent performance in terms of economy, spending no more than 3.6 l/100 km of gasoline (equal to 65 MPG). The hybrid version will be equipped with a seven-speed robot gearbox with a pair of clutches.

AWD Included

In addition, the gasoline and hybrid versions of the SUV HR-V will be equipped as standard with not only the front-wheel drive, but AWD Real Time System, equipped with innovative electronic control, due to which it is possible to distribute traction force between the crossover axles much more efficiently, thereby adjusting A car for more effective maneuvers and cross-country traffic. We emphasize that such a system is used for the first time on hybrid models of the company, so a novelty in this regard can be called a pioneer.

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