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All-new Honda HR-V breaks cover
The new-gen Honda HR-V also gets a completely new interior layout where the centre stage is taken by a nine-inch infotainment system
Honda has taken the wraps off all-new HR-V, which is the company's compact SUV. The new iteration of the HR-V is a big leap in every sense over the predecessor. The SUV is underpinned by a new platform and bears almost no resemblance to the previous model as far as the styling is concerned. The new HR-V is also more feature-rich as compared to the previous model. This is a welcome change considering that the first generation's cabin seemed obsolete as compared to the rivals'. And as is the case with most recent Honda cars, the HR-V is available with a hybrid powertrain. Honda India was contemplating adding the HR-V to its lineup until 2019. And now with the new model reaching several international markets this year, we expect the compact SUV to come to our shores by the end of this year or by early 2022. When launched in India, the new Honda HR-V will be a rival to SUVs like MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, etc.
The new Honda HR-V is significantly different from the predecessor; the SUV has ditched the curvy design language for a sportier and slender tenet. The fascia sports a hexagonal grille with horizontal slats. Flanking it are swept-back LED headlamps with LED DRLs. The lower half of the front bumper protrudes out to give the SUV a modern appeal while flared wheel arches with cladding try to reinforce the HR-V's SUV personality. There is a prominent character line running along the length of the car while the rear gets split LED tail lights joined by a light-bar.
The new-gen Honda HR-V also gets a completely new interior layout where the centre stage is taken by a nine-inch infotainment system with Honda Connect system. It also gets provisions like a TFT screen for the instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer, panoramic sunroof, heated seats, Honda Digital Key, etc. The SUV also comes with a plethora of safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam, etc.
Honda hasn't revealed 2021 HR-V's power specs but the SUV is most likely to use new Accord's 1.5-litre turbocharged engine with a hybrid powertrain with two electric motors.