Honda is also joining the small SUV club

Honda is also joining the small SUV club

Honda has revealed the first images of the brand's new European version of its small SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris next month.

The HR-V is Honda's new entry into Europe's fast-growing small SUV segment.

Honda says the HR-V features a centre fuel tank location to create one of the "most spacious and adaptable small SUV cabins". Honda "Magic Seats" make use of this versatility by enabling a wide range of seating configurations, it says, with the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for added cargo space.

This rival for the Nissan Juke, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka and Ford EcoSport was previewed by the Urban SUV Concept, which premiered at the Detroit auto show in January 2013. The vehicle for North American markets, the HR-V, will be manufactured alongside the third generation Fit at Celaya in Mexico. The local launch will be later in the second half of 2014. The HR-V for Europe follows in 2015.

Along with the Fit/Jazz and City, the production version of the Urban SUV concept is based on its Global Compact Series platform.