I think the biggest sticking point for the NA market getting all these fancy features and 'niceties' is the selling price is so low that it would not be cost effective to fit them.One thing to consider is the Japanese market Vezels are a much different car than what we get in other markets, including the US. We'll get something stripped down with slightly different trim, and less features.
No argument there @Hadleys Taxi . But, many here in the US would like that option. We top out at an EX-L, which generally across Honda's cars means leather seats, power windows and door locks, a little better wheel, and navigation. The Acura brand is where the turbo engine, folding mirrors, and color keyed bumpers would be added. Would the US market pay for it? Some, yes. That is why Acura is a nameplate here. But increasingly Honda is finding that brand doesn't hold the same cache as does Lexus for Toyota. They can't just take the same car, add a few features, and get 25% more for it. They have to make it unique to get the market to buy it. The ILX is a prime example. It has sold poorly.We do get the niceties, but we bloody pay for them!
The segment the HR-V operates in is one of the most competitive across the European market, with some manufacturers having more than one offering. Even if the MKIII HR-V is a big leap forward for Honda, it has a bit of a fight on its hands (wheels??).Even the Fords they sell over there are better than the NA modles.
1. I did not like it at first, preferring the glitzy chrome alternative, but am now changing back to the body coloured version.Thanks for that. There's a similar YouTube video here:It's tedious to watch with translation to English on, but you'll get a feel for what Honda designers tried to do with the design.
1. I'm not crazy about the body colored grill but the rest of the new HR-V looks great - assuming it is little changed when it hits the USA market.
2. The integrated tonneau type cover over the rear cargo area is unique. I wonder if it can be removed for storing taller items.
3. The center of the rear seat is strangely raised, which compromises the center passenger's comfort. Hmmm?
4. The outboard A/C vents with three way air flow options are also unique.
5. No word if the N. American market will get a bigger engine (1.5 turbo maybe.)
Ugh, that cargo area looks so cramped! I'm out of the next Gen loses all that storage room
I'd wait to see it in the cloth, so to speak. The middle seat is slightly raised in the current HR-V, however, it does not seem to interfere with rear seat passengers comfort.Ugh, that cargo area looks so cramped! I'm out of the next Gen loses all that storage room
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Agreed, the new Taos has an interior that looks very upscale compared to the HRV (well to be fair, at this point what doesn't?). No doubt it's going to cost more than the HRV the way it's been loaded with the all-digital dash and all that soft touch materials, but it's nice to have more options in this segmen.The HR-V for 2022 has a new competitor - the VW Taos - which will be available in June, 2021. Looks good, IMO.