New 2021 Honda HR-V hybrid SUV revealed

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

Honda HR-V

Honda has revealed its all-new HR-V, a small SUV that'll only be available with the company's 'e:HEV' petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. The new HR-V will go on sale in the UK later this year, with prices expected to start at around £25,000. Prospective buyers can register their interest online now.

This will be the third generation of HR-V, replacing the current second-generation model that has now been around for almost eight years. It's expected to join the Honda range at around the same time as an all-new Civic, and both cars will make extensive use of Honda's latest hybrid technology. This 'e:HEV' drivetrain is already available in the current Honda Jazz supermini (which is hybrid-only) and Honda CR-V large SUV (which became hybrid-only for 2021).

Honda's hybrid system pairs a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a pair of electric motors and a small battery. With this system, the engine can drive the wheels directly, or it can be used to power the electric motors, while the battery can also send power to the motors to drive the wheels. The battery can also be topped up by the engine, or by energy harvested using a regenerative braking system. The HR-V hybrid is likely to have a power output somewhere between the smaller Jazz's 108bhp and the larger CR-V's 184bhp.

On the outside, the new car gets a more upright front end than the outgoing car, sporting a bigger, body-coloured grille, new lights front and rear, plus plastic cladding and new wheels. 

There are similarly revolutionary changes inside the car: an almost Mazda-like layout features, with simple lines throughout and a centrally mounted infotainment screen that'll use similar technology to the Honda e's set-up. A suite of modern active safety and driver assistance systems will also feature, although exact specifications are still to be released.

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 says there's room for four adults thanks to some clever packaging of the hybrid technology.

The new HR-V is the latest product of Honda's scheme to electrify all its models by 2022; the small SUV will rival the Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona Hybrid and Toyota C-HR most directly, as well as mild-hybrid-powered rivals like the Ford Puma.

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