Honda has unveiled a new generation of the HR-V ( also called Vezel ) coupe SUV with a hybrid powertrain. From the outside, which is where you would view it from, first up, it’s a very good looking vehicle, indeed. Honda has done a superb job on the styling of the HR-V supplementing it with neat Honda-ish interiors and a hybrid powertrain, to sum it up.
As mentioned, it looks stunning from the outside. Upfront, one look at the headlights and they would surely remind you of the 5th-gen City that was launched last year.
The large grille upfront is one of the major talking points. It’s a multi-slat horizontal grille sans any black or chrome surround, which in itself is a unique design and is one good thing to look at. There are some blue accents/shades in the Honda logo which might indicate it’s a hybrid. On the sides, the sloping roofline is inevitably visible and a shoulder line that goes through the A-pillar further lifts it up. On the rear, it features an LED light bar running across the trunk, connecting the 2 taillights. An electric tailgate is offered on higher trims.
On the inside, Honda has provided a clean, nice-looking interior set. The dash is nice and seemingly flat and there are a lot of soft-touch materials visually. It gets a semi-digital instrument cluster, a wireless charger, a 9” floating touch infotainment system with apple car play and android auto. It also gets a panoramic sunroof along with rear AC vents. As with every other car these days, the HR-V also gets Honda’s connected car tech.
The HR-V draws power from an e:HEV hybrid powertrain which consists of a 1.5L petrol engine along with 2 electric motors. This hybrid combination delivers a combined peak power output of 109BHP and a peak torque of 253Nm. This hybrid powertrain allows the HR-V to sprint to 100 from a standstill in a rather impressive 9.5 seconds. Furthermore, the HR-V will be available in 4 variants – G, e:HEV X, e:HEV Z and e:HEV Play. It will soon be introduced into American and European markets.
Talking about India, Honda didn’t bring the previous generations of the HR-V to India. But currently, due to the recent discontinuation of the Civic and the CR-V, it is reported that Honda might bring the HR-V in the sub INR 15 lakhs category to take on the likes of the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta.