Even though there’s an impressive auto show happening right now in LA, an interesting little detail has slipped out of Europe regarding the Honda HR-V. It seems that in certain markets the subcompact crossover is getting a turbocharged engine.
And that’s not just any turbo engine, but the same 1.5-liter engine that’s found in the Honda Civic. Making about 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, this seems like a great way to rid the HR-V of the slow and boring stigma it currently has.
It seems like this turbocharged model does have a few caveats. It’s only available with front-wheel drive, although that means it can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
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Additionally, Honda has done more than just give the HR-V a new motor. It also receives a tweaked suspension, including a new rear and front dampers. Honda says this will improve its stability and ride quality while also keeping the crossover flat through corners. The steering has also been adjusted to be smoother.
The interior has also been hopped up a bit, with a cool new black and red theme that gives the HR-V much more of a sporty edge.
It’s unclear whether or not these changes will make it to North America, but it’s something worth thinking about. The HR-V, while good, has been universally criticized for its powertrain, which leaves drivers feeling a bit blue, especially in comparison to the other new crossovers out there, like the Hyundai Kona which is offered with a 175 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo.
We’ve reached out to Honda America to see if they’re considering this move and will update the story accordingly.
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