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  First Look at the All New 2016 Honda HR-V

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2015 Toronto International Auto Show

 

 

If you don’t go to the auto shows because the crowds don’t actually allow you to take in the full majesty of the vehicles displayed…you need to go on the first Friday when the show opens.  On that afternoon we had no issue getting close to any car and the convention centre was nearly empty from 7pm onwards (show closes at 10pm).   We intentionally hit the Honda booth right at the end of the night when no one else was around and I could get a few pictures without strangers.

 

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Unfortunately there was only one lonely HR-V on display.  Honda will be releasing the HR-V in LX, EX and the EXL with Navigation, and it was the EXL that was on display in metallic grey.  According to Wikipedia, HR-V stands for Hi-rider Revolutionary VehicleIn other words Honda was looking to revolutionize the segment with a vehicle that has the utility, toughness, versatility of a SUV but with an ease of entry, the fuel economy, styling and fun drivability of a small car.   Without having driven it yet….Success!  

The new HR-V  looks very muscular and although it shares a few of the familiar Honda style trademarks, it definitely has a personality all it’s own.  I loved the integration of the door handle into the rear passenger door which keeps in line with the sporty-coupe-like look, a styling cue from the European Civic. 

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Although the vehicle was locked you could tell they kept the interior familiar with the 7” multimedia display audio system with HondaLink.  State of the art safety equipment will be available like Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot camera, rearview camera, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control along with little luxuries like standard heated seats and available proximity key with push button start.

In the back they integrated Honda’s 60/40 2nd row Magic Seat allowing Honda to continue with it’s industry leading flat floor advantage.  For years the Magic Seat in the Fit and Odyssey have given drivers a multitude of convenient seating/cargo configurations.  In the HR-V it gives you an impressive 688L behind the rear seats and 1,665L with the Magic Seat folded down.

The newest Honda will have a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine producing 138hp @ 6,500rpm and 127lbs-ft of torque @ 4,300rpm. That engine will be paired with 6 speed manual transmission or a “best in the industry” Continuously Variable Transmission which will then give you the additional choice of Honda’s Real Time AWD with intelligent Control System for our more challenging driving conditions.  This versatile new runabout is 9.1 inches longer than a Fit , stretches the wheelbase nearly three inches, gains 2.8 inches of girth, and stands 3.2 inches taller than its compact sibling. 

Dave Gardner, V.P. of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada said, “The new HR-V crossover is a true segment-busting vehicle, unlike anything else on the market today. It’s got all the essential elements of our Honda DNA, our packaging innovation, fuel-efficient powertrain technology, leading safety technology and, above all, Honda quality, to make this an incredibly compelling, sporty and value-packed new member of the Honda family.”

 

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2016 Honda HR-V Pictured Upper Right in Grey

 

The 2016 Honda HR-V is expected to arrive in Halton Honda’s showroom this spring. Honda Canada hasn’t mentioned an official date so we’ll be sure to keep you updated when a more specific release date is announced.

Bottom line: make room in the showroom for a new Honda that will deliver the styling and dynamic drive of a coupe with the space and utility of a SUV in one sporty, versatile and multi-dimensional package. 

Who says you can’t have it all?