It may not seem like it, but Honda had a relatively busy 2020. They launched the all-new City and City Hatchback, facelifted the CR-V, updated the Accord, and previewed the next-generation Civic. The Japanese automaker wants to continue that momentum in 2021, with another all-new model coming soon.
According to reports from Japan, the third-generation HR-V is ready to be launched this year. Not only that, it could premiere during the second quarter of 2021, with April being the earliest. So, what can we expect from Honda's subcompact crossover?
The next-generation HR-V was spied back in September 2020, so we already have an idea of the crossover's general shape. It appears that it will have a more upright front end with a flatter hood, a stark contrast to the present model. The windows appear more angular, while the tailgate gets a swoopier rear windshield. With that, it seems that Honda took a more daring, revolutionary approach instead of a conservative, evolutionary redesign.
There is a high 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.
As for the engines, there are five possible options. The first might be the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbo currently used in the City, City Hatchback, and Euro-spec Civic Hatchback. Another one could be a twin-cam version of the familiar 1.5-liter mill. Honda could also retain the tried and tested 1.8-liter, and the 1.5-liter turbo from the Civic RS might become an option (already available in Europe as the HR-V Sport). We won't be surprised if a hybrid model will be part of the range too.
That's all the information available for now, but we expect to find a few more details once we're closer to the reported launch date.