Making its official debut at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show, the Japanese automaker released the details of its newest crossover, which is built on the same platform as the 2015 Honda Fit. The powerplant will be good for 138 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to a Honda “G-design” shift logic continuously variable transmission (CVT). There will also be a six-speed manual gearbox, but it’s only available on the front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive HR-Vs will feature the company’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System.
Heading to dealerships nationwide early next year, Honda claims the HR-V’s interior will boast the most spacious and versatile cabin in its class. Thanks to a center-mounted fuel tank and reconfigurable second-row “Magic Seat,” the HR-V has 100.1 cubic feet of passenger volume in the LX model (96.1 in EX, EX-L models) and 58.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the second-row seats down.
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Standard safety features on the HR-V include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVentTM side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The company expects that the HR-V will receive a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.
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