2021 Honda HR-V: hybrid powertrain details confirmed

Next Honda HR-V will have the same dual-motor hybrid e:HEV system as the Jazz and CR-V

  • Sleeker design
  • Will have Honda’s dual-motor e:HEV hybrid powertrain
  • New HR-V will be revealed on 18 February 2021

The Honda HR-V will be available with a hybrid powertrain for the first time in its history when the new model arrives later this year. The firm’s latest ‘e:HEV’ petrol-hybrid engine, which is already in the latest Honda Jazz and CR-V, will be used in the HR-V.

The new car will be revealed on 18 February 2021 and is expected to go on sale in the summer. Rivals for Honda’s smallest SUV include the Ford Puma, Renault Captur and Skoda Kamiq.

The new HR-V’s hybrid powertrain will consist of a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to two electric motors. The system doesn’t use a conventional gearbox, so it feels similar to a car with a CVT gearbox. This hybrid setup already features in the new Honda Jazz and the larger Honda CR-V, and is expected to be the only engine choice offered to UK buyers. Expect fuel consumption of around 45mpg and acceleration from 0-62mph in around 8-10 seconds.

Honda discontinued its 1.6-litre diesel engine in 2020 amid freefalling diesel sales. The new HR-V is part of the brand’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy, which aims to introduce hybrid or electric power to all of its mainstream models by 2022.

While the new teaser image gives little away as to the new car’s styling, showing only the rearmost C-pillar, the rear of the car appears to feature a more sharply angled rear tailgate, with a slimmer rear tail light cluster that wraps round from the rear quarter panel into the tailgate itself.

Our spy photographers have previously caught the next-generation Honda HR-V in development. The camouflage wrap hides many of the details of the upcoming crossover SUV but the slim LED headlights are like those fitted to the forthcoming Honda Civic replacement. It looks like the HR-V will get a slotted grille, defined wheel arches and high ground clearance. As per the current model, the roofline swoops down towards the rear end, giving a sporty look.

Inside, the aftermarket-feeling Garmin infotainment system will be replaced with a much slicker system that looks like it’s perched on the dash. Like the powertrain, this is expected to be shared with the Jazz, and it should tidy up the HR-V’s interior design. Hopefully, all trims will get this new screen, but Honda seems to favour offering just a basic radio on entry-level models.

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