A few weeks ago, it was reported that the all-new Honda HR-V would make its debut sometime in February. However, the automaker did not confirm its launch when that piece of information came out. Now, Honda has given an exact date.
But before we get to that, here's what we know about the third-generation HR-V so far.
We have a general idea of its design. After all, the crossover was spied back in September 2020 with minimal false panels. Judging from those photos, it will have an upright front end with a flatter hood, and the windows appear more angular. Meanwhile, the tailgate gets a swoopier back window, a stark contrast to the present model.
Honda also shared a photo of its rear end. It confirms the spy shot images with its rakish tailgate and slim taillights. It will also be available with a panoramic sunroof. By the looks of things, the redesign is daring and revolutionary, instead of conservative and evolutionary.
Honda also showed a few photos of its interior. While it's not quite the full dashboard yet, the preview hints that it looks nothing like the present model. For instance, the touchscreen now features a “floating” design. It also seems that Honda ditched the touch panel for its climate control by bringing back the good old dials.
The teaser also confirms one of the powertrain options. The e:HEV badge indicates that it will be available as a hybrid, although details have yet to be confirmed by Honda. That said, it could be more a powerful version of the 1.5-liter engine and electric motor used in the City e:HEV. As it stands, the current HR-V Hybrid makes 152 PS and 190 Nm of torque combined; so we might see more power out of the all-new model.
There is a good chance of the 2021 HR-V riding on the architecture of the all-new Jazz. Given that the current model uses the previous Jazz's underpinnings, one might say it's even a certainty. If so, it also shares the same chassis as the City and City Hatchback. Rumor has it that the redesigned HR-V's body gains a few more inches than before, and its wheelbase stretched by a couple of millimeters.
Now, for the launch date. Honda has made it official that the next-generation HR-V will be revealed on February 18, 2021. That means we're exactly one month away from witnessing its debut at the time of writing. Japan will be the first to get it and will be badged as the Vezel over there. As for Southeast Asia, our sources say it might land in the region towards the end of 2021. If so, we could see it in local showrooms by 2022.
So for HR-V fans out there, save the date.