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Honda reveals re-born HR-V line-up

It’s back: The Honda HR-V nameplate will return after a 14-year absence, with four variants on offer, including a range-topper with enhanced safety systems.

High-tech driver systems to feature on four-variant Honda HR-V range

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HONDA has released more details of its new-generation HR-V line-up, that includes a range-topping variant with high-tech safety systems, ahead of the sub-compact SUV’s arrival in February next year.

Four variants will be on offer, all front-wheel drive and powered by the same 105kW/172Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said new technology will debut on the HR-V when it arrives in showrooms in the New Year.

“The HR-V features a number of new technologies that we are introducing to our range,” he said.

“With a choice of four variants and loads of specification, there’s an HR-V to suit just about everyone.”

Kicking off the range will be the VTi with standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lights, halogen headlights and daytime running lights, multi-angle reversing camera, seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and climate control.

Stepping up into the VTi-S brings 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and push-button start, front fog-lights, rain-sensing wipers, roof rails, blind-spot warning, City-Brake Active system and a leather-clad steering wheel.

The VTi-L adds sporty 17-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, leather-appointed seats, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, rear centre arm rest, tinted windows, dual-zone climate control and chrome-effect door handles.

At the top of the range is the VTi-L fitted with the Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS). The package equips the vehicle with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and High-Beam Support System which automatically switches to low beam if the camera-based system detects cars up ahead at night.

Built on the platform underpinning Honda’s Jazz, the five-door HR-V also shares that car’s versatile Magic Seats, allowing for 18 different configurations, including a flat-folding second row for more cargo space.

The HR-V nameplate will return to Australia after a 14-year absence, arriving at a time when the small SUV market is booming.

Sitting below the larger CR-V in Honda’s line-up, it will do battle with the likes of Holden’s Trax, Ford’s EcoSport, Nissan’s Juke and the Mazda2-based CX-3 which also launches next year.

Honda said it will release full specifications and pricing of the HR-V closer to its launch.

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