Honda Calls Vezel CUV HR-V For North America

Honda released the first official photos of the U.S.-bound HR-V yesterday at the New York International Auto Show.

The big news here is the confirmation of the name of this CUV in the U.S. as it is known as the Vezel in other markets.

The HR-V, which is essentially an SUV derivative based on the new Fit, is anticipated to launch this winter.

Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, Honda said the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique center tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space. The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size.

The Honda Vezel Hybrid

The Honda Vezel Hybrid

Honda said additional details about the HR-V will be announced later this year, including price and fuel consumption.

Both the new Fit and the HR-V will be produced at the automaker’s newest North American manufacturing facility located in Celaya, Mexico, which allows for production flexibility to meet market demand, said Honda.

Honda did not either confirm or infirm whether the hybrid version of the Vezel available in other markets will make it in the U.S. under the HR-V umbrella.