Next-gen Honda HR-V fast-tracked, to launch before new Jazz - Report

16/08/2018 - 16:07 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

According to a report on BestCarWeb, the next generation Honda HR-V (called the Honda Vezel in some markets) will debut in H2 2019 and be followed by the next-gen Honda Jazz (Honda Fit).

2018 Honda HR-V (facelift) front three quarters right side
Tough competition from the Toyota C-HR is reported to be the main reason for Honda to prioritize development of the next-gen HR-V.

The current HR-V, based on the Honda Jazz platform, was revealed in late-2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show. Honda sells the compact SUV in North American, European, South American, African, many Asian and Australian markets, however, is facing stiff competition from the Toyota C-HR. Both, the HR-V and C-HR offer gasoline and hybrid variants, are similar in dimensions and equipment, but according to the report, it is the more futuristic looking C-HR that is preferred by buyers.

As per the timeline, it is the Jazz that should get a successor first, as the current generation model was launched back in September 2013. However, so that the Honda HR-V retains its top spot in the compact segment, Honda has reportedly given its next-gen model a priority over the next-gen Jazz.

The report adds that the next-gen Honda HR-V and Honda Jazz will be based off newly developed platforms, and will be powered by 1.5-liter petrol and hybrid engines with class-leading fuel economy. The hybrid variants are reported to feature a twin motor setup, as compared to the single motor seen on the current generation.

2018 Honda Vezel (2018 Honda HR-V) interior
The hybrid variants of the new HR-V and Jazz will get a dual motor setup, reportedly.

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Honda Cars India Ltd stated they are considering the HR-V, but with the next generation model not too far in the future, the company could look at bringing the second-gen HR-V to our shores.

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