There has been an announcement that a 2017 Honda HR-V model is going to make it to the US market. In fact this is a model which is transferred from the Japanese one which has the name Vezel in its home country. The Honda Vezel is actually a model which is built on the same underpinnings that the Honda Fit is. So the model is being offered in the North American market now and will be familiar under the name of Honda HR-V and will be seen first in Mexico and then will arrive in the US.
The 2017 Honda HR-V has been revealed for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it was immediately noticeable how much resemblance this car has got with the Honda Fit, but also how much it manages to borrow from the CR-V model as well. It utilizes the same magic seat system for the inside and actually comes with a larger engine as it substituted the 1.5 liter one for the 1.8 liter option, the same one used in the Fit models.
There are no significant changes to the price, as of release date, for the 2017 Honda HR-V but there are going to be some changes when it comes to the color. The Alabaster Silver has been discontinued but make way for the Lunar Sliver Metallic utilized for the first time here. The car is also going to be available in three trims, LX, EX and EX-L Read more about the introduced changes in our review for the 2017 Honda HR-V car.
Even though the 2017 Honda HR-V has much more in common with the Honda Fit car, it actually does not look anything like it. It is a smaller but sportier version of a CR-V model as it shares most of its exterior design cues with that model and only utilizes the underpinnings of a Fit car. It has a sloped hood in the front, as well as the HR-V is, but around the back is a unique model and incorporates much of its standalone features not using much of the ones borrowed from the featured Honda cars.
The overall sporty appearance of the 2017 Honda HR-V is pretty acceptable and its coupe-like roofline is even more complemented with the muscular front fenders of the car. It also has an upswept character line but also adds some concealed rear door handles as well. We have to agree that the HR-V is one of the better looking crossovers in the segment even being in the competition with the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul in the rivalry for the fist place in the segment.
Interior Changes and Additions
The cabin of the 2017 Honda HR-V does the same as the interior. It manages to blend the elements seen both in the CR-V and the Fit models. There is a ample addition of some exclusive styling features with are new for the brand but the steering wheel is a familiar one. The passenger’s side does not seem that much attractive but it does bring new elements here. The same thing goes for the center stack as it too has been completely reinvented. There are many controls which are identical to the CR-V car, so if you have used that one it will not be troublesome to get used to the HR-V.
There are also a lot of soft-touch and hard plastic surfaces inside the car, but the 2017 Honda HR-V benefits from a more premium feel compared to other models. It adopts some piano black inserts, chrome elements and stitch lines which help it look like that. The instrument cluster looks much more entertaining as it adopts a “floating” illumination rings and the ECO Assist application.
Some standard pieces of equipment include electronic parking brake, power windows, rearview camera, Bluetooth and Pandora radio and tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The optional equipment includes heated front seats, paddle shifters for the steering wheel, a power sunroof, a 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface, leather trim, etc.
The 2017 Honda HR-V scraps the 1.5 liter option for a 1.8 liter one. The car is going to utilize the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with i-VTEC. This engine is good enough to help the car produce 138 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. This is an enhancement of 8 hp and 13 pound-feet more than the smaller engine makes in the original Vezel model. You can get the car with either a six-speed manual transmission option which is exclusive for the 2WD. The optional all-wheel drive versions can come with a Intelligent Control System for improved all-weather traction.
Release Date and Price
The release date of the 2017 Honda HR-V is actually going to be in December, but in Japan. As for the North American market the release date is going to be a bit later. The car is still going to make an appearance in the 2017 but it will arrive first in Mexico and then come to the US. The initial price for the car is $19,265 as a base MSRP rate. EX versions start at $21,415 while the EX-L Navi are priced at $24,840.