Honda to introduce next-gen HR-V in March 2021: Report

Updated Dec 09, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

It could no longer be the smallest SUV in Honda’s lineup.

The current Honda HR-V has been around since 2013, which makes it pretty ripe for a replacement. In Japan, the model is classified as a luxury vehicle and is taxed accordingly, having exceeded the dimension regulations laid down by the government.

2021 HR-V render

This is what the 2021 Honda HR-V could look like

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Well, a new and bigger HR-V is just around the corner. reports that Honda will unveil the third-generation HR-V in March 2021, with the production of the current domestic version in Japan ending a month before the launch

Increased dimensions will likely be a trademark of the new model, with a length of 4,400mm and a width of 1,790mm. However, it could sit closer to the ground with a lower height of 1,590mm, compared to 1,605mm on the outgoing version. An increase in wheelbase (2,660mm from the current 2,610mm) could result in a more spacious interior. 

Current HR-V

Much like the current HR-V (pictured), the new model shares a platform with the Jazz

The 2021 HR-V will continue to share underpinnings with the Honda Fit (marketed on our shores as the Honda Jazz). Both models are expected to come with an improved version of their existing platform, which has been updated for lighter weight and higher rigidity.

Three powertrain options on hand for the new HR-V, all falling below 2.0L in displacement to keep the model within Japan’s affordable tax category. A 1.8L and 1.5L VTEC engine, both gasoline, will be offered. There will also be a hybrid version, utilizing a 1.5L gasoline engine linked to two onboard electric motors. A diesel variant is likely not in the cards for the new HR-V.

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2021 HR-V test mule

The new HR-V has been spied in Japan undergoing testing

In preparation for its 2021 launch, the 2021 Honda HR-V has been spotted undergoing testing in Japan, with the camouflaged silhouette hinting at a coupe-like body style. Honda has named the Jeep Compass and the Toyota Corolla Cross as potential rivals to the 2021 HR-V.

Reports also indicate that the next HR-V might not be Honda’s smallest SUV any longer, with a new compact crossover to slot below it. The carmaker will be pitting the yet-unnamed vehicle against the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos.

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Honda HR-V

The Honda Cars Philippines Inc. introduced its new-generation subcompact crossover Honda HR-V for the local market. The crossover is configured to suit the comfort of a sedan, confidence, and toughness of an SUV. Its name stands for High Rider Vehicle. It served as an all-around coupe for individuals looking for a vehicle with high ground clearance, excellent road visibility, and complete safety features. It is also equipped with massive cargo space, wide tailgate, and similar Utility Long and Tall (ULT) seats established on the Honda Jazz that enables it to configure the cargo when loading or unloading highly. The new Honda HR-V is developed based on the concept of the brand's "Dynamic Cross Solid," making it acquire SUV-like lower body and strong cues of coupe-like 'aero-cabin' on the outside. At the front, the Honda HR-V comes with a solid wing face design with unified lights and grille, LED dual projector headlights, and LED daytime running lights (DRL). Standard sporty 17-inch alloy wheels are found across the range as well. In addition, the car's 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine that can be found under its hood produces a maximum 141 hp power output and torque power of 172 Nm.

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