Honda’s new small crossover, the HR-V, made its North American debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman.
Honda will offer the Mexican-built HR-V with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder rated at 138 hp. Two transmissions will be available, a continuously variable automatic on two- and all-wheel-drive models and a six-speed manual available only on 2wd HR-Vs.
The HR-V has room for five passengers. With the rear seats folded down, it has room for 58.8 cubic feet of cargo.
Honda has loaded the HR-V with standard safety equipment including antilock brakes, hill start assist and brake assist, traction control and vehicle stability assist. The HR-V also comes standard with a multiangle rearview camera.
No word yet on fuel economy, though Honda is targeting best in class, or prices.