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2015 Honda HR-V confirmed for Australian market

November 3, 2014

Honda Australia has announced the all-new HR-V small SUV will be launched locally next year, sitting beneath the current CR-V. The nameplate rejoins the market after a 13-year hiatus.

2015 Honda HR-V prototype

The new HR-V is set to help boost overall sales for the local arm by providing consumers with another SUV option, which is slightly smaller than the CR-V. Based on the Honda Jazz, the HR-V will compete with the likes of the Hyundai ix35, Mitsubishi ASX, and the Nissan Qashqai. Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said,

“The all-new HR-V is a very important model. The HR-V will be positioned below the CR-V and complement our SUV line-up by offering versatility and practicality along with new safety technology, loads of features and of course a sporty, dynamic drive.”

Specific details on the local lineup and model trim levels haven’t been mentioned, however, all variants will be powered by a 1.8-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 105kW and 172Nm. Honda says the unit will offer a fuel consumption average of 6.6L/100km to 6.9L/100km, presumably for two- and four-wheel drive models respectively.

As for the design, the HR-V showcases perhaps the sharpest layout for any modern Honda, with a low-profile waistline, a sophisticated front fascia and grille area, and a distinct, rising contour line on the sides for a purposeful and sporty look.

Inside will feature a practical layout with Honda’s ‘Magic Seat’ arrangement, with up to 18 different configurations including rear seats that fold down completely flat, and an advanced Display Audio interface with touch-screen functionality and Bluetooth connectivity for the passengers.

2015 Honda HR-V prototype-rear

Honda Australia is yet to announce prices. As a guide, the CR-V starts from $27,490, with the HR-V expected to sit well under that price point. The last time the HR-V was sold in Australia was back in 2001. Showroom entry will kick off in February.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.