IAB Report – European Honda HR-V (Vezel) unveiled ahead of Paris debut

Posted on: Sep 10, 2014 - 3:32pm IST

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The Honda HR-V (called as the Honda Vezel in Japan) for the European market has been revealed online ahead of the crossover’s Paris Motor Show debut next month.

Honda HR-V for Europe front three quarter
The Honda HR-V for Europe is expected to debut the turbocharged i-VTEC petrol engines.

The Europe-spec model looks similar to the US-bound version. The key design highlights include sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a coupe-ish silhouette, C-pillar mounted rear door handles, muscular wheel arches and prominent taillights.

The European-spec crossover is expected to carry over the dimensions of the US-bound model which measures 4,295 mm in length, 1,770 mm in width, 1,605 mm in height and 2,610 mm in wheelbase.

Honda HR-V for Europe rear three quarter
The styling is similar to that of the US-bound version.

Honda will announce the powertrain details in Paris but the Nissan Juke rival is expected to introduce the new turbocharged i-VTEC petrol engines – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder mill. A 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel motor is also on the cards.

Also read: Honda XR-V is China’s HR-V

As far as India is concerned, Honda is reportedly developing a compact SUV based on the Brio’s platform since the HR-V would be very expensive for its segment.

Competitors: Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Fiat 500X, Renault Captur

Launch date in Europe: 2015

Honda Vezel (JDM) – Image Gallery

Honda HR-V for Europe – Press Release

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