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American Honda evasive on HR-V crossover release date

HR-V branded Vezel in Japan has experienced one major recall. American Honda hopes to recall proof The assembled in Mexico, Fit platformed sub-compact crossover. Release date? Honda’s not saying. Torque News looks to the back-story.

Introduced to Japan back in late 2013, Vezel stirred more than a bit of excitement in the automotive press. Torque News reported that the 2015 Fit platform based almost “mini” crossover would fill a niche abandoned by Kia and Suzuki in North American markets. Our readers responded with exuberant enthusiasm as to the advent of a micro-SUV like crossover that returned ease of handling in an urbane setting and did so while sipping fuel.

Weighing in at under 2700 lbs and approaching the size of the original CR-V, Vezel has been rebranded HR-V for North American markets. The next big thing for American Honda Motors may be a mini-crossover with the handling attributes of a sport coupe. At least, that’s how HR-V was promoted by Honda at the New York International Auto Show way back in April 2014.

All good things take time

In corresponding with our soon to be best friend Chris Martin of Honda Public Relations, we forwarded a reader’s question as to the release date of the 2015 Fit platformed HR-V. Chris, hog tied by corporate protocol and Mexican production uncertainty, held the line on Honda’s original estimate of dealership arrival; “ Late winter 2014,” is Chris’s best guess. He’s closer to the mother company than we are; we’ll take Chris for his word.

Throwing caution to the wind

While we’re speculating, let’s entertain the idea of North America receiving a gift from the hallowed halls of Honda. Imagine if you will an exceptionally sporty automotive transformer a bit larger than your neighbor’s Mini Cooper. Toss into the mix a coupe-like interior, an all wheel drive option, 40 + mpg highway and the city park-ability of a meter-maid's 3 wheeler.

And then there's Honda’s state of the art personal connectivity and accident prevention technology. Much of which is becoming standard equipment across the line. We anticipate HR-V to be equipped with “Lane Watch,” rear camera with steering animated distance lines and frontal collision avoidance. Also, look to Honda to step up its game in full access(multiple O.S.) and brand personal communication connectivity.

Will we see a HR-V Hybrid?

While we don’t anticipate a gasoline hybrid offering coming out of Ciello, Mexico, we do look to the all new 2015 HR-V to offer an “ Earth Dreams” near zero emissions gasoline engine married to Honda’s state of the art CVT. That is the component that triggered the Vezel recall in Japan. We’re confident that that bug’s been ironed out.

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I've been following this car since it first was announced, which was a long time ago. I've long assumed it took forever because they were still developing what "Earth Dreams" technology meant in answer to Mazda's Skyactiv. Later, much later, rather than sooner, is my guess on a release date.
FWIW, Honda is now listing this car as the "2016 Honda HR-V" on their USA corporate website. No release date listed.
I love my Fit, but am looking forward to AWD and the added safety features. If it ever comes out.
My wifes' birthday is November 10th, and she wants the HR-V Honda, do I need to tell her to find another vehicle. STEVEN A. McCALEB USN RET (SEABEE)
I have been waiting for months to purchase a HRV, what is the problem, they have been released all overthe world whats the hold up for the US. Lets get on the ball and give a proper release date!!
I Have been waiting for months, this vehicle has been released all over the world, why is it taking so long for States, there in England, Europe, Japan, Austraila ect.