Rover 400 (1995)

Rover 400

The second generation Rover 400 Series, codenamed Theta or HH-R, was launched in the summer of 1995 as a hatchback and later a saloon. This time it was based on the Honda Domani, which had been released in Japan in 1992, as was the European Honda Civic five-door hatchback. It was no longer closely related to the 200 Series, which was revised independently by Rover but still shared many components with the 400. Power came from 1.4 and 1.6-litre K-Series, 1.6-litre Honda D series SOHC (Automatic gearbox only) and 2.0 L Rover T Series petrol engines, as well as a 2.0-litre turbodiesel from the more luxurious 600 Series.

The Rover 400 may have been marketed as a small family car, due to its similarities in size and engine range with models such as the Ford Escort and Volkswagen Golf, but Rover inserted some wood trim in the dashboard and priced the car in the large family car segment. A subsequent Rover-only saloon with a huge boot was developed for the Rover 400, this was to help expand the appeal of the model up-market into the executive car segment and away from the perceived 'family-car' stigma in parts of the market where resistance to hatchbacks was and remains considerable. This was however not available at the initial launch of the HH-R family.

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