The latest googling for news still has no official US release date, they keep referring to it as "the 2016 Honda HR-V" which doesn't bode well for the release date.
A couple videos cropped up end of last month describing it as coming with a single engine option, a 130 HP 1.8L, either a 6 speed manual or a CVT. Option for front wheel drive or Honda's real time AWD. The catch is you can only have the manual with the front wheel drive (boo!).
I think its a real bummer you can't get the AWD with the manual. As my presence here as a CRZ owner suggests, I can deal with 130 HP if I get to manage and apply it through a six speed. Had the CRZ had no manual option, I would never have considered it. Now, had the HR-V never mentioned a manual option, it just would have simplified things for me as I would have said well thats too bad just like how you could never get a 4 door 4x4 s10 pickup with manual. But to tease with offering two great options and making them exclusive...aaaarg.
Still haven't heard anything on the mileage. I would expect at 130 HP it should be good. I suspect stock performance will be rather lackluster though (they aren't leaving me much extra power for oversize mudders
The styling is still good so far, the concept was better but as they are currently showing it I'd probably still buy it. Given that its winter now and I'm fighting my way around minnesota with 2wd and no ground clearance, got 60k on my car plenty dinged up and just... not new... if a AWD 6MT HR-V popped up on a lot tomorrow in the right color I'd be highly inclined to trade in.
But since they keep calling it "2016 HR-V" my guess is I have at least one more winter to fare in the CR-Z. That should be fine. Just can't have any kids until then