Honda's HR-V is to make a comeback a decade after it was taken out of production.
The Japanese manufacturer sees the vehicle as a way back into the compact crossover market, rivalling the Nissan Juke, BMW X1 and Audi Q3. After all, it pretty much invented the 'crossover' body style when it was first released in 1999.
Buyers will have the option of 1.5-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines, boasting 128bhp and 118bhp respectively. Manual gearboxes will be standard, while a CVT automatic will be available to those who want it.
Real door handles will be 'hidden' to enhance a coupe-style look, plus the same cleverly-folding 'Magic Seats' already seen in the Civic will be installed in the newcomer for added convenience and extra space.
Talking of space, the 453-litre boot eclipses some of its rivals. Radar sensors, front- and rear-facing cameras, active braking assist, collision warnings and lane change warnings will make the HR-V a safe place to be.
A seven-inch touch-screen, using an Android operating system, will be one of the main features inside.
Honda plans to unveil the new HR-V to the world at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
Copyright Press Association 2015