The following-generation Honda HR-V has been revealed, and in some ways it is a main departure from the outdated mannequin. Not solely does it have a sportier stance, nevertheless it’s now a hybrid solely. However there are nonetheless some basic HR-V options sprinkled about.

The form of the HR-V (proven right here because the Japanese-market Vezel) is rather more coupelike with the ahead leaning rear hatch. The tall, extensive headlights and extra vertical nostril make it look wider and extra imposing. The myriad diagonal creases of the outgoing mannequin are gone, making the brand new automotive cleaner total. The slatted grille can be fairly fascinating, because the slats seem to mix into the physique work. Just like the outdated HR-V, the brand new one has a rear door deal with that is built-in into the door body, giving it a two-door look.

Inside, the inside seems like what has been previewed for the 2022 Honda Civic. The sprint is low, extensive, and minimalist, and has the favored single air vent motif. Within the heart stack, there are devoted, bodily controls for local weather management with three trendy knobs. Pulling from the outdated HR-V once more, the rear seat nonetheless has the versatile break up fold-down and flip-up capabilities. Actual dimensions for the inside and exterior have not been offered, although, so we’re undecided how a lot bigger the brand new HR-V is.

Just one powertrain has been introduced for the HR-V to date: the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid. Although actual numbers have not been given, it needs to be the identical powertrain discovered within the new Match. The gasoline engine makes 96 horsepower and 97 pound-feet of torque whereas the electrical motor makes 106 horsepower and 187 pound-feet. Entrance-wheel drive and all-wheel drive can be found.

In Japan, the HR-V goes on sale this April. No launch bulletins have been made for the U.S., however we’d count on Honda to supply it, right here, contemplating the overall recognition of crossovers. And so far as Honda’s choices go, it bought barely higher than the Odyssey, and greater than double both the Passport or Ridgeline final yr. It is potential it may use the identical hybrid powertrain as in Japan and Europe, nevertheless it may additionally get the carefully associated however larger output 1.5-liter hybrid from the Perception. It is rated at 151 horsepower mixed, and its electrical motor makes 197 pound-feet of torque.

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