On the outside, the new third-generation HR-V looks sleeker and more composed than the outgoing model. It carries the same design philosophy incorporated onto some recently launched Honda models such as the Jazz (also known as the Fit in other markets). That said, this subcompact crossover embodies a clean yet modern look that elevates the truism, ‘Simplicity is beauty’. Notable design cues include new frameless front grille, the rear door handles that are still integrated on the C-pillar for that two-door illusion, sloping roofline for that coupe-inspired look, and unified taillights.
Interior-wise, the all-new Honda HR-V complements its exterior, as it also features quite a minimalist layout. Aside from the improved material quality, the subcompact crossover also retains its position being the roomiest in its segment. Plus, it comes with the versatile Magic Seats that both fold flat and flip up to meet your cargo loading needs.
Probably one of the most revolutionary changes in the HR-V is found under its hood. Powering this crossover is a 1.5-liter inline-4 DOHC gasoline engine that’s paired with two electric motors and mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).Drivetrain options include front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). , Given that the vehicle is still undergoing its final stages of development, figures were not disclosed just yet.
Like other Honda vehicles, the third-generation HR-V suite of Honda Sensing driver-assist features include automatic emergency braking, full-speed radar-guided cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot warning. New with the package is the rear automatic emergency braking feature and automatic high beams.
The All-new Honda HR-V will first go on sale in Japan in April 2021. Now, we’d definitely love to see this on Philippine roads, and thus we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope that it reaches our shores very soon.