Honda has released new photos and videos of its all-new HR-V subcompact crossover as it prepares to roll out the model across Europe.
The Japanese automaker expects 70 percent of new HR-V customers will be conquest buyers from other brands, mainly from MPV and C-segment hatchback owners. The 4.3-meter long HR-V is aimed at “young singles and pre-family couples who value their lifestyles and are design conscious.”
A main feature of the new HR-V is the Magic Seat system, which allows each of the 60:40 split second-row seats to adopt numerous configurations to maximize the people and load carrying versatility of the interior. The Magic Seat system features three modes.
In Utility mode, the rear seat back folds forward as the seat base itself lowers into the rear passenger footwell, creating a maximum 1,845 mm-long flat floor. In Tall mode, the front of the rear seat base rises up and back and is locked in a vertical position to leave a cargo height of 1,240 mm from floor to ceiling. Finally, in Long mode, the front passenger seat back folds back to a horizontal position, while the rear seat back folds forward, forming a “tunnel” to accommodate items up to 2,445 mm long.
The HR-V’s boot volume is 453 liters (16 cu-ft) with the rear seats upright or 1,026 liters (36.2 cu-ft) with the rear seats folded.
At launch, the new Honda HR-V will be offered with two engine options: a 120PS (118hp) 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel or a 130PS (128hp) 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol four-cylinder units. The diesel is mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the petrol engine is offered with either six-speed manual or CVT transmissions.
The new model will go on sale across Europe in the middle of 2015.