Honda has revealed the first official images and details around the HR-V Prototype. This is company's new small SUV intended only for European customers. In fact, the vehicle has been introduced in Japan last year at the Tokyo Motor Show., but under a different name – Vezel. The HR-V will have a world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris, which is to happen next month. The small crossover features a unique design, which echoes that of a coupe.

HR-V sports sharp and dynamic lines that effortlessly link to its sleek upper body with the stable and planted lower body. The SUV has clean lines are additionally complemented by hidden rear door handles, which lends the model even sportier presence. The car will be smaller than the CR-V, but will be still perfect for utilization in both the city and mountain roads.

The elegant exterior appearance of the car is continued inside. The interior practicality of the car was achieved due to the addition of a centre fuel tank. Honda states that the fuel tank's location creates one of the most spacious and adaptable small SUV cabins.

But that is not all: Honda Magic Seats make great use of this versatility. They enable a wide range of seating configurations. In addition, they provide the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for added cargo space.

The Vezel, which is currently on sale in Japan, is offered with two powertrain options, so we are expecting to see something similar for the European market. In details, the first one is the 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC four-cylinder unit, and the second is a hybrid system that utilizes the same engine coupled with an electric motor.

More details on Honda HR-V will be announced during company's press conference at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile on 2nd of October.

Honda HR-V Prototype (2014) - picture 1 of 2
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Source: Honda