2021 Honda HR-V debuts with new sleek look

Updated Mar 10, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It is set to be launched in April in Japan.

Japanese automaker Honda has unveiled the all-new HR-V with significant updates inside and out. The Honda HR-V crossover is now finally on its third-generation model after competing in the global automotive market for over two decades.

In comparison to the second-gen model, the all-new Honda HR-V sports a more contemporary design language from front to back. The round roofline of the second-gen HR-V has been discontinued and replaced with a straighter layout which makes it look longer.

Honda HR-V front view

The all-new 2021 Honda HR-V

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Most new production vehicles get more aggressive with their body character lines. However, the all-new HR-V shied from that trend and went on with simpler aesthetics. It is still rocking the hidden rear door handles that provide a two-door appeal.

The all-new Honda HR-V comes with redesigned front fascia starting off with the new LED headlights that seamlessly blend with the redesigned grille. The new front grille looks more subtle which results in the third-gen model looking more like an electric vehicle.

Honda HR-V interior view

Interior view of the new Honda HR-V

Going to the back, the all-new Honda HR-V still looks like the outgoing model. However, tiny details are added that create modern touches such as the new and sleeker full-width LED taillights and reflectors. It is still designed with a black long trim that runs from the front lower bumper to the wheel fenders and rear bumper.

Inside, the quirky-looking A/C vents from the outgoing model are redesigned to look more subtle and fitting with the dashboard. The all-new Honda HR-V is also installed with a new 9-inch infotainment screen that sports a floating screen design.

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Honda HR-V rear view

How do you like the changes on the third-gen?

Powering the all-new Honda HR-V is a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter gasoline engine which is pretty decent for its segment. It is also offered with a hybrid powertrain that uses the same engine but paired with a synchronous electric motor. 

The Japanese market will get the all-new Honda HR-V firsthand around April this year, followed by other markets later this year. The local crossover segment is getting more competitive with the recent releases, but Honda Philippines sure has a strong contender once it brings in the all-new HR-V in the country.

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Know more about Honda HR-V 2024

Honda HR-V

The 2023 Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover. In the Philippine market, it has two variants. The top-spec RS Turbo CVT is priced at Php 1,739,000. The mid-spec trim meanwhile, is the HR-V V Turbo CVT and it is priced at Php 1,649,000. The entry-level HR-V S CVT meanwhile is priced at Php 1,389,000.

For engines, the HR-V V Turbo and the RS Turbo uses a 1.5-liter engine capable of making 174 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. The HR-V S also uses a 1.5-liter mill, but it is naturally aspirated. In turn, its output is rated at 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. All three trims use a continuously variable transmission sending power to its front wheels. 

Size-wise, the HR-V V and RS are 4,385mm long, while the HR-V S is 4,330mm long. All three come with a width of 1,790mm, and a height of 1,590mm. Both also have a wheelbase length of 2,610mm. The top-spec V gets a ground clearance of 181mm, whereas the HR-V S has more at 196mm. 

Locally, the HR-V competes against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, Subaru XV, Toyota Corolla Cross, Ford Territory, among others.  

₱ 1,389,000 - ₱ 1,739,000

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