Here at Johnsons, we like to keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to new vehicle releases, so we were excited to see Honda take the wraps of their All-New HR-V yesterday (18th February).Due to launch in late 2021, the third-generation Honda HR-V crossover has received a complete restyle – from the exterior to under the bonnet. Further details are expected in the coming months, but here’s what we know so far!
The All-New Honda HR-V will feature a two-motor hybrid powertrain as standard for the first time and, going a step further, it will be hybrid-only. Honda is on a mission to electrify all of its mainstream European models by 2022, and the HR-V will feature an e:HEV petrol-electric powertrain. The powertrain specification hasn’t been confirmed, but it is thought that the engine paired with the hybrid system will be either the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder or 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid unit seen in the Jazz Hybrid and CR-V Hybrid, respectively. Either way, we expect to the next-generation HR-V to be efficient, responsive and powerful!
The first full images of the HR-V show a bold SUV presence in a compact coupé-inspired design. Indeed, the HR-V has always tended towards coupé looks, and the latest incarnation goes a step further, with a tapering roof and inspiration from the retro aesthetic seen on last year’s Honda e:Concept all-electric prototype.The HR-V features a new integrated grille, long bonnet, distinctive slim headlights and a straight-edged shoulder line. The sides are more vertical to provide extra interior space, projecting a sense of stability that further enhances the SUV look.
Honda has revealed a cabin redesign for the model, saying it retains class-leading space for four adults, with significantly improved comfort levels. The new cabin features a minimalist dashboard layout, simple horizontally aligned instrument panel and Honda's 'Magic' folding, flipping rear seats in the back. The cabin will be fresh in a number of ways – it now offers a new air diffusion system that sends a ‘curtain’ of fresh air through new L-shaped vents.
If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not register your interest with your local Johnsons Honda team?