The third-generation Honda HR-V will come with the brand’s new e:HEV hybrid powertrain. A single teaser image previews the subcompact crossover’s February premiere.
The next-gen model looks more coupe-like, retains C-pillar-mounted rear door handles, receives some styling features of the Honda e (a tailgate, a spoiler), and has some similarity with the 11th-gen Civic (headlight setup, a grille).
Expect to see a modernized minimalist interior, as soon as it’s available for viewers.
The important innovation will be the e:HEV hybrid system, already found in the new Honda Jazz (Fit): a 1.5L 4-cyl gasoline engine + 2 electric motors + a battery pack, with an output more than 108 hp of the Jazz.
The engine powers the wheels via a single-speed gearbox and a locking clutch, or works as a generator sending electricity to either the battery pack or directly to the electric motors.
After the debut, the automaker will introduce the HR-V on the Japanese market first, and later this year – in Europe.
The U.S.–spec HR-V will be a different car – rather rugged than sporty looking – to meet the needs of Americans. Expect it will be larger than the outgoing model. Sales will likely start towards the end of 2021.
In the USA, the current Honda HR-V is priced between $21,020-$27,320. The vehicle is practical, roomy, fuel efficient. The HR-V has a nice handing, but its lackluster acceleration, the infotainment system and climate controls can distract, and the engine is rather weak.