Honda has revealed an all-new Honda HR-V for global markets. The third-generation crossover has a dramatic new look that will be going on sale as the Vezel in Japan. The U.S. will get its own HR-V in 2022.
Most notable about the new HR-V is its exterior design. Honda has taken a completely different approach with the new model. The exterior design is dramatically more mature than the angle-intensive current generation. A new face includes a slatted grille design that almost feels like an EV design trait, while new slim headlights add a tough of aggression.
The overall shape of this new HR-V includes a new coupe-like greenhouse design. The coupe traits are further exemplified by rear door handles that are hidden in the C-pillar. A new wrap-around LED light bar around back further adds to the sporty appearance.
Inside Honda has given the HR-V a total redesign as well. A cleaner dash panel design houses a new tablet-like touchscreen display resting above dedicated HVAC controls. New HVAC vents are integrated into the dash design, cleaning up the overall look of the interior.
In global markets the Vezel and HR-V will offer Honda’s usual suite of active safety features. Tech features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also in tow.
Honda has said the Vezel will be powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a CVT transmission. This engine will be offered with a self-charging hybrid system that includes abilities for real-time all-wheel-drive. European customers are expected to get the new HR-V with a two-mode hybrid powertrain.
The 2021 Honda Vezel will go on sale in Japan in April. Europe will get the new HR-V soon after, while details of the U.S. version are unlikely until the end of 2021.