2021 Honda HR-V: What to expect?
Honda has announced the soon arrival of the third-gen HR-V, 18th February to be precise. Thus replacing the aged, eight-year-old predecessor. Accompanying the announcement were some teaser shots, giving us the hint about the B-segment crossover design and features.
Giving us a better idea about the upcoming HR-V are some leaked brochure shots that are doing rounds in the Japanese market. Compiling the information of the leaked images and official teaser shots, we have come up with the 2021 Honda HR-V what to expect story. So, let's get started.
2021 Honda HR-V: Design
Compared to the previous-gen model, the new HR-V is said to feature a more coupe-like SUV design language. At the front, it is expected to flaunt the brand's signature nose grille, accompanied by LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights.
On to the side, the car is expected to feature claddings on the wheel arches and side body. Also, the car would stand to stunning dual-tone machine-cut alloy wheels. The upswept shoulder line is replaced by a linear crease that later joined the tail light. Door handles are still hidden as before.
The rear end like the rest of the body puts on a muscular face that unlike the ongoing model looks mature and angular. The full-width LED taillamps appear slimmer.
In one of the images is also visible 2021 HR-V's optional black roof with a larger panoramic glass roof without a front sliding panel.
2021 Honda HR-V: Cabin
On the inside, the new HR-V comes with a plethora of changes. For instance, it gets leather seats with ventilation, a dual-tone dashboard, adjustable head- and arm-rest, and rear AC vents.
Improvements are also confirmed on the tech and connectivity front, thanks to the latest teaser image. It shows a larger touchscreen infotainment display with smartphone connectivity, wireless charger, voice commands, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity. Also, visible in the image is the climate control switchgear and Honda's latest gear knob with chrome trim.
2021 Honda HR-V: Engine
The ongoing HR-V is offered in four powertrain options - one diesel and three petrol. The former includes a 1.5-litre diesel, while the latter comprises a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated, 1.5-litre turbo petrol, and 1.5-litre turbo-hybrid mill.
As for the upcoming model, it will come with a new engine equipped with eHEV hybrid tech. The same configuration was seen on the recently launched Honda City and Jazz, where the electric motor makes 108 PS and 253 Nm, and the 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four cylinder mill pumps out 98 PS and 127 Nm of torque.
Now, given that the HR-V would be heavier than the City and Jazz, it might get a more powerful version. Like the one seen in the Insight that has a 108 PS/134 Nm pumping mill and a 131 PS/ 267 Nm electric motor.
2021 Honda HR-V: Safety
There is no work or hint dropped by Honda on the new HR-Vs safety profile, however, we are hoping for a serious upgrade here.
That's all the info and expectation we have from the upcoming 2021 Honda HR-V. And it might not be long before the new crossover SUV makes its debut.