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2015 Honda HR-V – An Ideal Platform For Honda’s Next Electric Vehicle?

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Officially, Honda is mum on powertrain details for the recently unveiled 2015 Honda HR-V, but since it’s based on the Honda Fit platform this might just be Honda’s next vehicle to be offered in an electric version.

Honda says that the HR-V will launch in the US this winter as a Model Year 2015 offering.

With the Honda Fit EV set to exit production and the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid selling at such low volumes, Honda may, in a few year’s time, see the need for a new EV to satisfy CARB requirements.

In steps the Honda HR-V, we hope.

    All-New HR-V Compact SUV

    Honda released the first official photos of the U.S.-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, 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. Additional details about the HR-V will be announced later this year.

Of interest to us is that “center tank layout,” which would seem to make the transition to electric (or even PHEV) easier than in a typical vehicle with a rear-tank layout.

Of course, this is purely speculative, but if we were Honda, then this HR-V is the next vehicle we’d choose for electrification.

    Honda HR-V Compact SUV to Join All-New 2015 Fit as Honda Expands Small Car Lineup

    • All-new HR-V will launch this winter with sleek and expressive styling

    • 2015 Fit resets segment benchmark with class-leading interior space, top fuel economy ratings and standard features

    • Next-generation ASIMO also makes appearance at New York Auto Show

    NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 – Honda will continue to expand its lineup of small cars aimed at the next generation of buyers with the launch of the 2015 Fit subcompact car (http://automobiles.honda.com/fit) and the all-new compact SUV, the Honda HR-V (http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v) that will come to market this winter. Together the Fit and HR-V will represent a significant growth opportunity for Honda in the U.S., with both models produced at the automaker’s newest North American manufacturing facility located in Celaya, Mexico, which allows for production flexibility to meet market demand.

    “Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. “Together these models also represent Honda’s step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years.”

    All-New HR-V Compact SUV

    Honda released the first official photos of the U.S.-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, 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. Additional details about the HR-V will be announced later this year.