With a new powertrain, striking looks, advanced technology and attention to every last detail, the new Honda HR-V is sure to bring those on board joy.
The Hybrid Honda HR-V
Honda plans to hit its aim of electrifying all its mainstream models in Europe by 2022. So the new Honda HR-V follows the launch of the system in the new CRV and Jazz in 2020 and will come as standard with the brand’s new hybrid powertrain known as e:HEV.
However, as you would expect from Honda, it takes its own approach to hybrid motoring. The innovative e:HEV system doesn’t require you to plug-in to charge the battery. Instead, the system incorporates two electric motors alongside the petrol engine. One motor directly propels the car and is known as the propulsion motor.
The other motor is connected to the engine and used the charge the car’s lithium-ion battery. The clever system allows you to benefit from the efficiency gains of a hybrid without the worry of topping-up charge.
Coupé inspired style
The new-look Honda HR-V follows the design evolution of the firm with its seamless, clean design philosophy.
The new HR-V projects stability and security from its strong front profile, which features a bold integrated grille. This sits along the slim LED headlights joined by a narrow chrome trim to create a striking first impression. The body incorporates a longer body and sharper visual sides, which Honda promises have no detrimental impact on interior space.
But it is the sloping coupé inspired rear that sets the HR-V apart. The unique feature is sure to set heads turning while still offering the interior space you and your family need.
Best in class interior
Honda argues it has one of the best in class interior spaces thanks to clever packaging of the hybrid powertrain. A move that has allowed Honda to maximise every bit of space.
It is one of the few models in this segment that comfortably seats four adults. To achieve this, the rear seats feature ‘additional recline’, which improves the space and comfort of rear passengers.
The new HR-V also manages to hold onto Honda’s famed ‘Magic Seats’ to offer incredible seating flexibility. You can flip the base up, creating a cinema-style seat so you can load items in between the front and rear seats. Or should you need to maximise load space, you can fold the rear seats completely flat.
It is this outstanding flexibility that makes the HR-V such a hit with family buyers who need to switch things up with ease.
When it comes to technology, details are as yet sparse. Though, we do expect a solidly built interior with modern fabric options and plenty of soft-touch materials.
Plus, given the huge investment, Honda has made into its infotainment system in the past few years, we expect a first-class offering similar to that in the Honda-e. So if staying connected is important to you, the new HR-V won’t let you down.
The central infotainment touchscreen sits mounted on top of the dash improving accessibility to the driver. You can control many of the functions through the touchscreen, although the air-conditioning has physical rotary buttons, making it easier to make quick adjustments on the go.
The new Honda HR-V also features a brand spanking air diffusion system which ensures fresh airflow for the driver and passengers. As air-quality continues to become a concern, it is good to see that Honda is taking action to improve things inside and not just at the tailpipe.
Seeing is believing
If you want to try out the new powertrain of the new Honda HR-V or explore the interior ambience in person, simply register your interest with your local Stoneacre Honda dealership.