Honda has some new vehicles lined up for this year, and one of the most highly anticipated models is the new HR-V. The automaker already released a teaser last month, together with an official launch date – February 18, 2021. So far, Honda has only revealed the vehicle’s rear quarter, a part of the cabin, and the e:HEV badge. Now, we have a better idea of what the upcoming model looks like, even with all the camouflage.
Less than a week before the vehicle’s official debut, we now know what the HR-V will look like, thanks to these leaked patent photos. Published by a user on Facebook that goes by Vanhoe Rage, it shows the upcoming crossover in full. There is no H-logo on the grille of the patent, but it does resemble the spy photos and teaser image posted by Honda.
Based on the patent photos, the new HR-V will look very different from the current model. The front end alone appears very different from Honda models today. Upfront, Honda seems to have ditched the “solid wing face” design. Instead, the grill is a larger unit with a diamond-pattern design akin to most crossovers today. It is flanked by slim, high-set headlights connected by a trim piece above the grille. The bumper itself only has a small opening in the center with a chrome trim piece running its width.
A single body line runs the length of the crossover. Interestingly, Honda has retained the hidden door handles of the HR-V. At the rear, the new HR-V gains a full-width taillight – a first for Hondas. Other features include an indent for the license plate on the lower tailgate. Meanwhile, the rear bumper features a similar design to the front.
Sadly, the patent images don’t show us the new HR-V’s interior. But if the exterior is anything to go on, the changes will also be drastic. There’s also no additional info about the powertrain either.
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long to know more about the new HRV. In less than a week, Honda will fully reveal the new crossover in full. No more camouflage, no more patent photos to go through.