At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Honda rolled out a new model called the Vezel that it confirmed would eventually go on sale in the U.S. where it would compete in the burgeoning subcompact crossover segment. At last week’s New York Auto Show, the American version of the Vezel made its debut, wearing the HR-V name.
The new HR-V will be in showrooms this winter, as a 2015 model, and will be fitted exclusively with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine shared with the 2015 Fit. That’s not all the two cars will share, as both ride on the same front-wheel-drive platform.
Though it’s yet to be confirmed, one of the lead engineers for the HR-V has previously stated that Acura should get its own version of the car to do battle with existing premium offerings in the subcompact crossover segment such as the Buick Encore and MINI Cooper Countryman.
The engineer, Naohisa Morishita, offered up Acura’s SUV-X concept from the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show as an example of what’s possible. A production version of the SUV-X concept has been confirmed for a Chinese market launch in 2016 but Morishita sees such a vehicle being popular elsewhere. We do too.
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Acura SUV-X concept, 2013 Shanghai Auto Show