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Honda XR-V unveiled in China
« : Septembrie 03, 2014, 01:02:12 p.m. »
Honda XR-V unveiled in China

Honda has unveiled the XR-V small crossover at the Chengdu Motor Show in China. The XR-V appears to be based on the vehicle sold in Japan as the Honda Vezel, and which will come to the US as the Honda HR-V, a Fit-based crossover that will slot below the CR-V.

However, the car displayed in Chengdu wears revamped styling that is more aggressive and befitting of an SUV. All body panels save for the greenhouse appear to be new, with harder angles and blockier edges than the Vezel. The grille is well-proportioned, hearkening back to the traditionally slim openings of the early 2000s, yet is still unmistakably Honda. Behind the nose two engine options are available, 1.8- and 2.0-liter gasoline-powered units.

The bumper is of an "exposed" design, with a prominent black bar stretching across the front. Cleverly, it integrates both the driving lights and fog lamps in a design that is both rugged and clean.

Even the XR-V's doors have been restyled, with a strong character line running across the top edge above the door handle. The lower character line kicks up towards the rear wheel, and gone are the Vezel's criss-crossing swoops.

From the rear view, the XR-V has a slimmed down taillight bar, with squared off bezels for integrated reflectors. The rear spoiler has been remodeled as well. Overall, the design is brawnier than the softer-edged Vezel. It is unknown at this time whether this design will be exclusive to China.

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Honda XR-V SUV debuts on the Chengdu Auto Show in China

The Honda XR-V debuted today on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show in China. The Honda XR-V is a Chinese-market variant of the Japanese Honda Vezel and North American Honda HR-V. The Honda XR-V comes with a different front and back, including a sleeker grille and more rectangular styled taillights.

The Honda XR-V is manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture. It is based on the same platform as the Honda Fit. The Japanese style Honda Vezel will also  be available on the Chinese auto market, it will be manufactured by Guangzhou-Honda, Honda’s other Chinese joint venture. China thus, will have the same car twice. This kinda madness is perfectly normal down here where most Western manufactures have two joint ventures with two different Chinese companies, and each wants what the other one has.

The XR-V will be available with two four-cylinder patrol engines: a 131hp 1.5 and a 165hp 1.8, both mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT. Size: 4295/1770/1605, wheelbase is 2610.

The XR-V will be launched on the Chinese auto market just before the end of this year. Price will start around 100.000 yuan and end around 140.000 yuan. The Guangzhou-Honda Vezel will cost about the same, and launch around the same time.

The rear is much hipper than on the Vezel. Skid pad, big black bumper, separate fog lights, and a light strip under the window.

The 1.8.

The Dongfeng-Honda XR-V. Not a Vezel or a HR-V.

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