New 2022 Honda HR-V hybrid revealed: prices, specs and release date
An all-new version of the Honda HR-V has been revealed, complete with hybrid technology and a new design. Read on for full details.
- New Honda HR-V revealed
- Hybrid engine as standard
- Coupe-inspired styling
- New infotainment system
- ‘Magic Seats’ for more space
- Available late 2021
More details of the new Honda HR-V have emerged, with the Mazda CX-30 and Peugeot 2008 alternative coming with a hybrid engine as standard. It takes on new coupe-like styling, upgraded interior tech and will go on sale later in 2021.
2022 Honda HR-V design
The Honda HR-V has a completely new design, said to be inspired by two-door coupe cars. At the front, a large body-coloured grille is integrated within a rather simplistic bumper that’s topped by thin LED headlights.
A slightly sloped roofline leads into a small roof spoiler and a rear end that’s just as minimalist as the front. There’s an LED light bar stretching the width of the car between two sleek brake lights.
The new Honda HR-V comes with 18-inch wheels as standard across the range.
2022 Honda HR-V engines
In fact, it uses the same setup as the Jazz. This sees a 1.5-litre petrol engine linked up to a pair of electric motors that produce a total of 131hp and 253Nm of torque.
The new HR-V ins’t a plug-in hybrid, instead the car’s petrol engine acts as an onboard generator for the electric motors and boot-mounted battery. The HR-V’s computers can automatically decide whether it should run on electricity alone, petrol power or a mix of the two.
The Honda HR-V sends its power through a CVT gearbox, which works like an automatic albeit with a single ‘gear’ – instead if constantly adjusts the gear ratios to keep the engine revving at its most efficient speed. There is no option for a manual gearbox.
2022 Honda HR-V interior and practicality
Much like its exterior, the new Honda HR-V’s interior is simple and pragmatic in its design. It’s apparently just as roomy as the old car as a result of some packaging trickery, and its fairly uncluttered layout should help give it more of an airy feel, too.
There’s a 9-inch LCD infotainment system mounted on the dashboard, with new software that Honda says is more responsive than the outgoing HR-V’s touchscreen. It also comes with wireless Apple CarPlay, although you’ll still need a cable to use Android Auto.
There’s also a 7-inch display within the dials that can display safety assistance info alongside your current speed.
Honda’s signature cinema-style ‘Magic Seats’ in the back can be flipped up to give the HR-V a bit more space in the boot.
New Honda HR-V safety technology
Honda’s ‘Sensing’ package of safety tech comes to the new HR-V. This brings a system that can detect pedestrians and swerve out of the way to avoid hitting them, as well as automatic emergency braking.
Adaptive cruise control is offered too, along with blind-spot monitoring and hill descent control.
New Honda HR-V price and release date
The Honda HR-V will go on sale in the UK late in 2021, and it’s likely first deliveries will follow in early 2022. Expect pricing to rise over the current car as a result of the new, more complex hybrid engine, so you’ll likely have to pay over £25,000 to get your hands on one.
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