Honda turns the Fit/Jazz into an SUV, with the HR-V
So, you like the basic idea of the Honda Fit (or Jazz, depending on where you live), but you want something a little more ... versatile. Well, that's where the HR-V comes into the picture. It's a Fit-based compact SUV, and Honda just revealed the first photos of it at the New York International Auto Show.
This is Honda's second go at the HR-V, as the automaker produced a mini-SUV of the same name from 1999 to 2006.
In this incarnation, it's being built around the Fit's global compact platform, and will feature "a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique center tank layout." It will also utilize the automaker's Magic Seat system, that allows for multiple seating configurations and lets users fold the back seats down completely flat for extra cargo space.
The little SUV is bound initially for the US market, and will be made at Honda's manufacturing facility in Celaya, Mexico. It will mark the first entry in the company's new light truck lineup, and will be positioned below the CR-V in both size and price.
More information on pricing and availability should be coming prior to the HR-V's launch, which is scheduled for this winter (Northern Hemisphere). Although it's hard to say how much will remain the same, you can get a sense of some of its specs from our previous article on its prototype predecessor, the Urban SUV Concept.