New 2021 Honda HR-V hybrid crossover pictures and details

Next-generation Honda HR-V crossover will go on sale later in 2021 with hybrid power only

This is Honda’s all-new HR-V: the third generation of the crossover, which goes on sale later this year and will be available exclusively with the company's 'e:HEV' petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. Prices are expected to start at around £25,000 for the Hyundai Kona, Nissan Juke and Toyota Yaris Cross rival.

The new HR-V will join the Jazz supermini, CR-V SUV and next-generation Civic hatchback in Honda’s range of hybrid-only cars. Under the bonnet is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine paired with two compact electric motors that combined produce 129bhp and 253Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62mph will take 10.6 seconds.

Honda has also announced the new hybrid crossover will be capable of returning up to 52.3mpg fuel economy and will emit 122g/km of CO2. Both figures are a slight improvement over the CR-V and close to the emissions and fuel economy figures for the Jazz.

The new HR-V will be capable of pure-electric driving for short distances, with the batteries being topped up by the engine or energy harvested by the regenerative braking system. At higher motorway speeds, the HR-V will switch to using the engine.

You also get a choice of three driving modes in the HR-V: Econ, Normal and Sport. Selecting Sport sharpens the throttle response, while Econ adjusts the air-conditioning as well as the throttle response with the aim of improving fuel efficiency.

For a more EV-like driving experience, you can select a ‘B’ mode for the transmission, which offers selectable levels of energy recovery when coasting or braking. You can also adjust the level of energy recovery and strength of deceleration using the paddles behind the steering wheel.

The second-generation HR-V has been with us for almost eight years now, and with the new hybrid powertrain comes a styling overhaul. It isn’t as head-turning as the Honda e city car, but Honda has given the HR-V a simpler design more reminiscent of premium SUVs like the Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC or Audi Q5

The body of the small crossover has been styled to reduce airflow across it, improving efficiency and high-speed stability. The short overhangs, steeply raked rear window and bootlid also share some similarities with the Mazda MX-30 electric coupe-SUV. The new HR-V gets a more upright front end than the outgoing car, sporting a bigger, body-coloured grille, new lights front and rear, plus 18-inch alloy wheels which are standard across the range. 

There are similarly revolutionary changes inside the car: an almost Mazda-like layout features, with simple lines throughout and a centrally mounted infotainment screen. A suite of active safety and driver assistance systems, called Honda SENSING, will also be available.

The latest version of this suite incorporates a pedestrian collision-mitigation steering system and the automatic emergency braking now works at night. The system can detect vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians crossing your path using a wide-angle front camera and will initiate braking if necessary. 

Practicality has been considered, too: Honda's famous 'Magic Seats' make their way from the Jazz, offering the ability to flip the rear seat bases up to load larger items in the rear footwell. Honda has also increased interior space all round, with an extra 35mm of legroom in the rear, thanks to clever packaging on the hybrid powertrain components.

The new HR-V is the latest product of Honda's scheme to electrify all its European models by 2022. While prices for the new small crossover have yet to be announced, prospective buyers can register their interest online now. In the meantime, see our list of the best hybrid SUVs here.