All-New Honda XR-V Debuts in China
Honda has started launching new cars in China to compete with General Motors, which currently sells 40 models in the country. Honda’s latest offering is the Honda XR-V compact SUV crossover, which was unveiled at the Chengdu Motor Show.
It’s really just a Chinese version of the Japanese Honda Vezel, which will be coming to Europe and America eventually as the Honda HR-V. The XR-V is being produced in China as a joint venture between Honda and Donfeng, and compared to the Vezel, it does appear to have a slightly redesigned body for a more rugged look. It’s also smaller than Honda’s current CR-V crossover.
The XR-V comfortably seats five and is powered by two gasoline engine options: a 1.5-liter and a 1.8-liter. No word yet on how or if the SUV will be adapted for American car buyers when it eventually gets turned into the HR-V, aside from changing the “X” in the logo to an “H.”
An excerpt from the Chinese press release that has been translated to English says that the XR-V “specializes in city driving fun, and aims to be happy good move, like fun young urban groups to provide a new car experience.” Well damn, there’s your slogan, American Honda Motor Company. If you belong to a fun young urban group and are looking to make a happy good move with your next car purchase, you may want to wait until the XR-V makes its way to America.