Honda continues to clone HR-V: another new SUV will soon enter the marketSeptember 11, 2018
There were patent images of the new compact SUV of the Japanese company. The model is based on the cross Honda HR-V.
In April of this year, Honda introduced the conceptual electric crossover Everus EV at the Beijing Motor Show. Recall, Everus – is the name of the subbrand, created by a joint venture of Honda and the Chinese concern GAC specifically for the local market in 2008. Under this brand, only one model was produced – the S1 sedan, the reborn “four-door” Honda City. Release of the sedan turned in 2014, and Everus was revived for the “green” models of joint venture Honda and GAC. The prototype Everus EV was not designed from scratch, it was built on the basis of the SUV Honda Vezel – so in China is called a crossover, which in other markets is known as HR-V. Now in the Chinese Patent Office there were images of a serial electric car.
Externally, the commodity electric SUV differs from its precursor. So, the conveyor variant received a simplified head optics (in particular, the cross lost the glass plate connecting the headlights), and the rear bumper, exterior mirror housings and the Everus EV series flashlights got at all from the “usual” Vezel / HR-V (only the lanterns appeared blue inserts). The interior of the prototype Honda did not show, there is still no image of the saloon of the electric car. Most likely, inside the Everus EV there will be no cardinal changes compared to the standard HR-V.
Data about the “filling” neither the concept, nor its product embodiment, too, yet. Honda Vezel SUV in China is offered with gasoline “atmospherics” 1.5 i-VTEC (130 hp, 155 Nm) and 1.8 i-VTEC (136 hp, 169 Nm). The first motor works in pair with a five-speed manual or a variator, the second – only with CVT. The all-wheel drive is only a top Vezel with a 1.8 engine.
On the conveyor of the plant of JV GAC and Honda (in the same place they produce Vezel), the electric rovers should be put up in the near future – the novelty will be brought to the Chinese market before the end of this year. Chinese media reported that the premiere of a serial electric cycle will be held in November 2018 at the Auto Show in Guangzhou. Outside China, this electric car is unlikely to get out.
By the way, in the China, Honda Vezel has one more copy – a crossover XR-V, which is equipped with the same gasoline engines as the “original”. “Cloning” of the same model can be explained simply: if Vezel produces JV GAC and Honda, then XR-V is assembled at the plant of another joint venture – Honda and Dongfeng. Whether there will be an electric car in the line of the joint venture with Dongfeng is still unknown.
Meanwhile, the Honda XR-V diverges better than HR-V: in 2017, China sold 167,952 such cars, while Vezel acquired 146,906 new owners in the same period. Although the prices for the models are almost identical: XR-V costs from 127,800 yuan, Vezel will cost a minimum of 128,800 yuan.