Honda is a manufacturer diving headfirst into the world of battery-powered models and has already committed to electrifying its full range of mainstream vehicles by 2022 – a date that certainly isn’t far away. It’s already a good way there, what with its popular Jazz supermini now being hybrid-only, and also with its CR-V SUV being available as a hybrid, too. We also can’t forget the funky ‘e’, either – the brand’s first EV. But next up in the line-up to be electrified is the HR-V crossover, which will arrive in showrooms by the end of the year. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
Honda has aimed to simplify things on the new HR-V’s cabin, and it gets a design heavily inspired by the latest Jazz – bringing with a larger touchscreen, easy-to-use controls and a decluttered design.
The other big part of the new crossover is its promise to be exceptionally spacious. Despite the adoption of the hybrid system, the HR-V remains just as practical as the previous model, though, with four adults able to sit in maximum comfort. It also comes with Honda’s acclaimed ‘Magic Seats’ that fold flat or flip-up like cinema chairs to allow for more room.
The new HR-V is also far from a facelift, with the exterior design a significant change compared to its predecessor. Like the cabin, it gets a more minimalist look with clean lines and also a bold new grille at the front that makes it stand out far more than before. It also comes with a high driving position that ensures a great view of the road ahead.
So far, Honda is also keeping tight-lipped on the powertrain options that will be found in the new HR-V, though it has previously been announced that it will purely come as a hybrid using the brand’s latest ‘e:HEV’ powertrains. It’s highly likely to use existing options found in the brand’s Jazz and CR-V, with the former using a 1.5-litre petrol-electric setup, and the latter a punchier 2.0-litre option. Honda could potentially offer both, as they’d likely both integrate well here.
Full details on the new HR-V are yet to be announced, though Honda is promising it will come with the “latest safety and technology features”. It’s likely to benefit from plenty of the latest tech that you find on models like the Jazz and CR-V, including a large nine-inch touchscreen that brings up-to-date connectivity and smartphone mirroring technology. With the Japanese firm being renowned for safety features, you can expect a raft of driver assistance aids to be included as standard, too.
Trim levels are a further ‘to be announced’ about the new HR-V, though we’d expect it to follow a similar pattern to the Jazz, which is available with grades such as SE, SR and EX. Expect features like LED headlights, automatic lights and wipers and a suite of safety kit to be included across all models, with versions higher up the line-up likely to feature things like a heated steering wheel, keyless start and entry and a reversing camera.
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