New Honda HRV Hybrid to launch in the UK by December

The much-awaited 2021 Honda HR-V (2021 Honda Vezel) debuted in February, and it’s scheduled to reach Europe and UK later this year as a hybrid-only SUV. The manufacturer has updated the regional websites with preliminary information on the SUV. Here’s a look at the newest hybrid crossover from Japan.

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2021 Honda HRV Exterior

The new Honda HRV 2021 has a noticeably more buff appearance on the outside. A longer, higher, and flatter bonnet, an upright nose that includes a significantly larger radiator grille, a less steeply raked A-pillar, and a flatter roofline give it a more traditional SUV stance. On the other hand, a coupe-style, steeply raked back glass adds to the sportiness.

A high ground clearance, upright front fascia, flattish bonnet, and a strong horizontal axis are some of the design characteristics that lend the 2021 Honda HR-V a planted look. Image Source: Honda

The roofline doesn’t fall steeply like in the outgoing model, which could mean more headroom for the rear-seat passengers. Also worth noting are the stylish hidden rear door handles.

The slim LED headlights with LED sequential turn indicator and the full-width slim LED rear lights give the SUV bold styling. Customers can equip their 2021 Honda HR-V with a Casual Style accessory package or an Urban Style accessory package for an individualized exterior.

2021 Honda HRV Interior

On the inside, we observe a slimmer dashboard, a new touchscreen infotainment system, physical knobs for climate control (instead of a touch panel), and a panoramic sunroof as the key changes. A new feature that makes the Honda HR-V more comfortable for rear-seat customers is rear AC vents. Another improvement for rear-seat passengers is thicker backrests for more comfort.

There’s no fancy all-digital instrument cluster, just a 7-inch TFT MID between analogue speedometer and tachometer. The infotainment system is a new 9-inch floating touchscreen unit, and it supports the Honda digital key that allows operating the locks of the vehicle from a smartphone. Wireless Apple CarPlay support is also included in the new infotainment system, but Android Auto support is available only with a wired connection.

2021 Honda HRV Specifications

The 2021 Honda HR-V will be sold in Europe with only an e:HEV hybrid powertrain. A 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 96 kW (129 bhp) and 253 Nm will be connected to two electric motors. Sport, Normal, Econ, and B (for stronger regenerative braking) will be the available drive modes.

As for the dimensions, the 2021 HR-V is a little narrower, wider, and lower than the old model, but its wheelbase is the same. Take a look at the numerical comparison below:

Aspect2020 Honda HRV Specification (UK)2021 Honda HRV Specification (Japan)Difference
Length4,335 mm4,330 mm-5 mm
Width1,772 mm1,790 mm+8 mm
Height1,605 mm1,580 mm/1,590 mm-25 mm/-15 mm
Wheelbase2,610 mm2,610 mm±0 mm

Japan received the 2021 Honda HR-V (2021 Honda Vezel) in G petrol FWD/AWD, X hybrid FWD/AWD, Z hybrid FWD/AWD, and Play hybrid FWD configurations, and sales there began last month.

The design of lights, the stance, and the silhouette are reminiscent of the Honda concept:E electric SUV from the 2020 Beijing Auto Show. Image Source: Honda

2021 Honda HR-V safety

The 2021 HR-V gains Honda SENSING, the Japanese automaker’s safety suite comprising advanced safety technologies and driver aids. A new wider, higher-definition monocular front camera and high-speed image processing chips have been used in place of the old model’s camera and radar sensor combination. The Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System and the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) both offer improved night-time operation, and the latter’s enhancements include even the ability to detect oncoming vehicles crossing the car’s path. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor, and Hill Descent Control are also part of the Honda SENSING safety suite.

2021 Honda HR-V UK launch

UK should be among the first markets in the region where the 2021 Honda HR-V goes on sale at the end of the year. The new model is already on the company’s UK website, and prospective customers can register their interest there now. Expect its prices to start at around GBP 20,000 and go up to around GBP 30,000.

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