Source : Honda HR-V
Former pioneer makes comeback bid. will be success within its grasp? Given the history of the HR-V nameplate, the item’s a wonder of which Honda hasn’t fashioned a bigger presence for itself from the lucrative compact crossover market.The original HR-V, based on the platform of the Honda Logo supermini, was launched in 1999 – well before European manufacturers cottoned on to the idea – in addition to also was immediately marketed as a ‘Joy Machine’ for a young, activity-minded demographic, even if those people weren’t, ultimately, its core buyers. the item sat below the larger, Civic-based CR-V, came having a downsized engine, could seat four, was available with two-wheel drive or with four driven wheels in addition to also had the high-riding style of an SUV.All the makings of a hit, you might think, given the march the item stole on the rest of the market. Instead, the HR-V proved to be a side note – marginally ahead of its time, yes, however also cramped from the back, hindered by the absence of a diesel engine in addition to also ultimately canned without follow-up. In Japan, Honda nominally replaced the item with the Crossroad, a three-row, seven-seat oddity the item wisely decided to keep to the domestic market. Only currently, almost 10 years later, has the any opted to return the HR-V badge to the UK.Unsurprisingly, the intervening decade makes the item look late to the party, in addition to also the compact crossover has since become more common with European little families than a loaf of stone-baked organic bread. your vehicle itself prudently sticks to the currently well-established formula of which its forebear pre-empted, being based on the Jazz supermini, powered by little engines (a diesel, too) in addition to also remaining strictly front-wheel drive no matter which one of the four trim levels you opt for. currently of which there will be a discernible message, the brand-new HR-V appears to be on the item – which will be useful, because Honda could use the line-up heft of having a sales volume-generating crossover from the range, given of which the item currently only sells the Jazz, Civic in addition to also CR-V from the UK. We tried the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel in SE Navi trim.
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