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Third-gen Honda HR-V revealed globally

Tuhin Guha Published: February 19, 2021, 11:10 AM IST

Honda has taken the wraps off the third generation of the Honda HR-V(Vezel in Japan). The HR-V sits below the CR-V in the brand's SUV hierarchy and has long been rumoured to make a debut in the Indian market. While there is still no confirmation on that happening, the global model has moved along significantly in its looks and the technology it packs.

The new HR-V carries a more angular, straight-edged look than the model it replaces. This new design direction had debuted with the e:concept in 2020 and many of that EV SUV's traits have carried over here. There is a flat, body-coloured grille with slim upswept LED headlamps and a prominent honeycombed air dam below. Along the sides, the HR-V stands out with a coupe-ish silhouette and tight bodywork with a large glass area. At the rear is where the HR-V seems most flamboyant, given the clear-lens LED taillamps with their connecting LED light strip. The raked rear windscreen ends in a compact bootlid and a prominent rear skidplate.

On the inside, the new HR-V follows the newest trends in Honda's interior design with its horizontally themed layout and its stepped middle section and full-width looking air vents. The compact climate controls as seen on the City and a floating 8-inch touchscreen. The gear lever console also features a unique chrome strip that ends in the driver footwell, while a familiar Honda steering wheel and instrument cluster are other additions, Uniquely, the HR-V also features a knob to control airflow from the vents that also get a diffused air setting. Notable features are a 9-speaker audio system, a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, powered tailgate, heated steering wheel, 18-inch dual-tone alloys and rear AC vents. There is also a full suite of connectivity features and the Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance system.

The HR-V will get Honda's new e:HEV hybrid system that debuted in the new Jazz globally, although numbers for this version haven't been revealed. Alongside this, there will be a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor that puts out 129PS and 153 Nm, a derivative of the engine found in the India-spec City and paired with this same CVT. An AWD version will also be offered in certain markets globally.

If the Honda HR-V were to debut in India, it would go up against the likes of the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 9.99 Lakhs
Displacement
1353cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
115
Max Torque(Nm)
242
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 9.89 Lakhs
Displacement
1497cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
115
Max Torque(Nm)
250
Mileage
20.8 Kmpl
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