Honda has confirmed that the new HR-V will arrive in the UK this summer.

Slotting in below the CR-V and based on the Jazz platform, Honda describes the styling as a blend of coupe and SUV.

The platform’s use of a fuel tank mounted under the front seats, as in the Jazz, allows the HR-V to use Honda’s famous Magic Seats; the rear seat backs can be folded forward with the seat bases lowering automatically to create a flat load floor, or alternatively the bases can be flipped up to create a load area that stretches from floor to ceiling for carrying tall items.

In the HR-V, this combines with a forward-folding front seat that allows long loads to be carried.

Boot space is reported to be 453 litres with the seats in place, rising to 1,026 litres measured to the window line with the rear seats folded.

The interior uses a mix of brushed chrome trim and piano black detailing, while the three-dial instruments use ‘floating’ illuminated rings, with the speedo’s back-lighting changing from white to green to coach the driver in efficient driving.

Honda’s new Android-powered Connect infotainment system is fitted as standard to all but the entry-level model, its five-inch touch-screen using familiar smartphone gestures such as pinching and swiping to provide access to real-time traffic, news, weather, social media and music functions.  The system also provides MirrorLink functionality as well as connectivity over WiFi and Bluetooth, while a dedicated Honda App Centre allows owners to install additional functionality such as a Garmin navigation module.

There’s more technology on the outside, too, with a series of cameras and radar sensors providing a variety of safety and driver aids.  All but the entry-level model will include Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, High-Beam Support System and Intelligent Speed Assist, while all models will benefit from the company’s City-Brake Active system.

Powering all of this is a choice of either a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with 130PS, or the familiar 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit with 120PS.  Both are mated to six-speed manual transmissions as standard, although the petrol unit is optionally available with a CVT auto.

In the UK, the HR-V will be offered only in two-wheel-drive form, although this is likely to make class-leading economy and emissions figures a real possibility.

Although full specifications haven’t been released, the new HR-V is expected to be available in three trim grades, starting with an entry-level model, followed by Sport and Executive, the latter gaining equipment such as a panoramic sunroof.

The new Honda HR-V is expected to arrive in the UK this summer.