The HR-V is Honda’s rival to the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka and the production version that will reach UK Honda dealers next summer will be very close to this concept car, according to UK managing director Phil Crossman.
It’s an important addition to the Honda range, given the strong consumer desire for B-segment crossovers, and it revives a name used by the Japanese brand on a compact SUV launched in 1999, well ahead of the birth of the ‘crossover’.
Crossman thinks shifting 16,000 of these HR-V models annually shouldn’t be too much a challenge and his dealers will welcome the incremental volume after a long period of stagnant sales. It’ll be offered with Honda’s latest 148bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel or one of a new family of turbocharged petrol units under the bonnet.
Front-wheel drive derivatives will account for the bulk of demand, but it is expected all-wheel drive versions could be on offer.