The Honda HR-V crossover was first revealed as a prtotype in Paris. Dubbed as Vezel in Japan, the new compact crossover is now launched closer to home in Thailand. The production model echoes the prototype's coupé like body shell with sharp and dynamic lines that link the sleek upper body with the stable and planted lower body.
Honda has cleverly designed this coupé-ish body in such a way that it does not compromise the interior space and head room for passengers. To ensure there is more than adequate cabin space, the fuel tank is located at the centre, while Honda’s Magic Seats® make use of this versatility by enabling a wide range of seating configurations, with the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for additional cargo space. Also the rear seat cushion can be lifted up to expose the floor underneath, which allows taller items to fit.
The HR-V is based on the same platform as the Honda City, but its wheelbase is the longest in the family at 2,610 mm and 10 mm longer than the sedan. Being an SUV, it’s the tallest too – all versions ride on 17-inch alloys with 215/55 tyres.
In Thailand, the HR-V is only available in 1.8 litre petrol engine and is mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. The 1.8 litre engine, the same one which powers the Civic, makes 141 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm.
The HR-V comes well equipped with LED tail lamps, seven-inch touch screen head unit, ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, Isofix, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and dual front airbags, paddle shifters, cruise control and panoramic roof.