Honda and Acura is one of the few examples of badgineering gone well, where Acuras were always heavily reengineered Honda models that were much more luxurious. The saga continues today with both Honda and Acura remaining competitive.
Recently, Honda introduced a new subcompact car to the market called the HR-V, a new affordable crossover for the masses that’s basically a raised and slightly more spacious Honda Fit.
Now, Wards Auto recently learned Acura might have an interest in Acura-ifying the HR-V to compete with the likes of the Buick Encore, the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the incoming Audi QX3 (or Q3). Honda of the America’s executive vice president, John Mendel, said Acura might build a crossover based off of the HR-V.
No word on the powertrain, but the current HR-V is powered by a modest 1.8L naturally-aspirated four with 138hp. That won’t likely be the motor for the Acura version as everything else but the Buick Encore in the intended market comes with at least a turbocharged 2.0L turbo four.
Source: Wards Auto