Honda unveils HR-V crossover ahead of Paris Motor Show public debut image

The Japanese automaker has revealed the near-production ready prototype of the European specification HR-V small SUV before its official public debut during next month’s Paris Motor Show.

The model is actually not new at all, with Honda first revealing the new model under the Urban SUV concept in January 2013 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That near-production concept became before the year’s end the Japan-bound Vezel. Swiftly followed by the April reveal of the US-spec HR-V crossover, the same moniker will be used in Europe for the new small SUV that is based on the Jazz/Fit subcompact and sits in Honda’s line-up below the well-known CR-V. The naming saga could be round up by the “XR-V” moniker that is used in China, where the crossover also features a slightly altered design.

Aside from the obvious tweaks to comply with the European legislation, the Paris prototype is essentially the same with the US-spec HR-V. Among the highlights of the model we could mention the Honda Magic Seats – which allows for different types of configurations for the rear seats, while cabin space has been upgraded by moving the car’s fuel tank beneath the front seats.

The automaker revealed little to no information on the technical specifications, but the HR-V is expected to mirror closely the powertrain options of the Euro-Spec third generation Jazz, also expected on the floor of the Paris Motor Show for the official public debut.