After a teaser marketing campaign and leaked patent photographs, Honda’s third-gen HR-V SUV lastly made its debut in Japan. Christened because the Vezel, the next-generation HR-V appears to be like mature with cleaner traces and a number of recent options. The brand new iteration, in some ways, is a serious departure from the outdated mannequin because it not solely has a sportier stance, but it surely’s now a hybrid solely.
On the outside, the brand new HR-V boasts a a lot cleaner design with a extra pronounced coupe-like look. Upfront it sports activities a big grille that has slats, whichblend properly with the bumper. New headlamps with LED DRLs mounted on high are among the many new options. And similar to the outdated HR-V, the brand new mannequin has its rear door deal with that is built-in onto the C-pillar. Whereas on the rear, the HR-V joins different trendy Honda fashions which have a brand new set of hind lights related through a LED gentle bar.
A peek into the interiors reveals the cabin has positively taken some inspiration from the 2022 Honda Civic prototype. It has a minimalistic dashboard and a big air vent that spans the size of it. The infotainment system will get an improve as properly with a tablet-like gadget and appears larger than earlier than. Within the centre stack, three fashionable knobs are positioned for devoted, bodily controls for local weather management. As soon as once more deriving from the outdated HR-V, the rear seat has versatile cut up fold-down and flip-up features.
Whereas Honda hasn’t revealed its total function listing, nonetheless, it will get a hands-free powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof. New ‘breeze’ AC outlet, and hill descent management. It additionally comes outfitted with Honda Join automobile tech with options resembling a Wi-Fi hotspot, digital key and distant operations.
The Japanese auto large has solely introduced one powertrain particulars to date and it’ll get a 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with two electrical motors. Although the corporate revealed actual numbers, we count on it needs to be the identical powertrain discovered within the Honda Metropolis hybrid.
The following-gen HR-V will go on sale in Japan by April 2021 and can be formally launched in several markets later within the yr. It may additionally make its debut by 2022 in India, particularly because the Japanese automaker at the moment doesn’t have any SUVs right here.
The HR-V can be prone to share its underpinnings with the fifth-gen Metropolis which has already been localised to swimsuit Indian roads. When launched Honda’s compact SUV would seemingly be a dear providing. It is going to rival the likes of premium variants such because the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and few different upcoming fashions resembling Skoda Kushaq, Jeep Compass and the Volkswagen Taigun.