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Honda XR-V SUV debuts on the Chengdu Auto Show in China

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The Honda XR-V debuted today on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show in China. The Honda XR-V is a Chinese-market variant of the Japanese Honda Vezel and North American Honda HR-V. The Honda XR-V comes with a different front and back, including a sleeker grille and more rectangular styled taillights.

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The Honda XR-V is manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture. It is based on the same platform as the Honda Fit. The Japanese style Honda Vezel will also  be available on the Chinese auto market, it will be manufactured by Guangzhou-Honda, Honda’s other Chinese joint venture. China thus, will have the same car twice. This kinda madness is perfectly normal down here where most Western manufactures have two joint ventures with two different Chinese companies, and each wants what the other one has.

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The XR-V will be available with two four-cylinder patrol engines: a 131hp 1.5 and a 165hp 1.8, both mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT. Size: 4295/1770/1605, wheelbase is 2610.

The XR-V will be launched on the Chinese auto market just before the end of this year. Price will start around 100.000 yuan and end around 140.000 yuan. The Guangzhou-Honda Vezel will cost about the same, and launch around the same time.

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The rear is much hipper than on the Vezel. Skid pad, big black bumper, separate fog lights, and a light strip under the window.

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The 1.8.

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The Dongfeng-Honda XR-V. Not a Vezel or a HR-V.

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