Rumors of Honda HR-V Hybrid for North America
So what’s going on Honda? As I pestered my Honda connection Chris Martin for a driveline specification or two of the all new 2015 HR-V Crossover, he was as tight lipped as a pressure sealed Mason Jar cap. I would have to wait until Honda’s unveiling of HR-V at the Los Angeles Auto Show November 19. Short on patience and long in speculation, I pressed on for a clue or two as to Honda’s not so big entry portal crossover/SUV.
Knowing that Honda HR-V will roll down the same production line as the much improved 2015 Honda Fit, I anticipate that the majority of HR-Vs sold in North America will be powered and motivated by a 1.5 Liter “EarthDreams” normally aspirated direct injected four cylinder gasoline engine coupled to a state of the art clutched CVT transmission; what about hybrid?
Spy photos show us an advanced cage forward greenhouse sports coupe-like interior, center shift console,Fit’s“Magic Seat” and from what I can view, key-less ignition, drive mode selector button, and dash monitor of some capacity. Personal connectivity? certainly. Honda “pinch and swipe” touchscreen, we don’t know yet. The select drive button is what catches my attention as the mind drifts toward the possibility of hybrid.
Los Angeles is not located in Japan
Nonetheless, the largest automotive market in the United States is epicenter for American Honda Motor Co.; I know, I grew up there. I believe that what works for Japan markets can work for los Angeles and as indicated by Honda’s Fuel Cell Electric,(FCEV) plug in hybrid and gasoline/electric hybrid development, I believe that HR-V Hybrid, sold in Japan as the Vezel would be a viable replacement for the exiting Honda Insight Hybrid and the soon to depart chronic underselling CR-Z hatchback.
Near zero emissions and 70 mpg
I’ve driven the Insight, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid and Accord Hybrid in that order. My favorite over-all Honda driving experience was in the seat of a 2015 Accord Hybrid.The across the range torque and near silent takeoff experienced borders on mystic. For those wishing for a hybrid larger than CR-Z, claiming fuel economy(Japan) approaching 70 mph while providing exceptional performance in a subcompact crossover, 2015 Honda HR-V may just be your “E” ticket.
I’ll be covering the Los Angeles Auto Show live November 18-20, and will share with you my initial review of Honda HR-V and Acura ILX. Until then, have fun, drive safe and live life to the fullest.