The roadmap with which Honda is electrifying has a new stop in the HR-V, whose new generation will arrive in the last quarter of the year and will have the non-plug-in hybrid powertrain called e HEV. These images that you see are the first that the Japanese brand of the mid-size SUV has shown. We do not know the exact measurements, but presumably, it will measure a little less than 4.4 meters in length compared to the 4.33 meters that the model that is still sold measures.
What changes radically is its appearance the new generation has a more horizontal hood and beltline The times in which this central line of the car was ascending giving a feeling of sportsmanship have largely been left behind for Honda and we had the test in the urban Honda e. It does maintain however the hidden handles on the rear doors which added to the fact that the windows are not very large and the tailgate has a pronounced inclination to give it a certain air of a coupe. The grill has not been closed, since it is necessary to maintain the cooling for the thermal engine, but the fact that it is painted in the color of the body reduces its prominence and this detail is in tune with the image that a car without a grill is something very current logical electricians do not need it, although they must ventilate their batteries.
As for the rear, it is perhaps the most conventional of the car. The most attractive thing here is the effect produced by the light line joining both pilots although it has not ceased to surprise us that the exhaust pipe has remained insight. In Honda, they say that the new HR-V retains the breadth of its predecessor despite the incorporation of hybrid mechanics. And they also confirm that they maintain the Honda Magic Seats which makes the rear seats very configurable
We can fold down the backrests to create a flat load surface with the trunk, raise the rear bench seat backward (thus, between the front seats and the trunk, for example, a bicycle fits us), and even turn the rear side seats into a kind chaise longue, letting your legs rest on front seats that fold flat.
What we do not know is the capacity of the trunk (in fact, Honda has not given any figures or measurements or engine performance), but we would not be surprised if he had asked for a liter due to the space required by the batteries. In terms of interior design, the HR-V confirms that minimalism is now very important to Honda.
The dashboard is very horizontal and apparently has no more controls than the three wheels that allow regulating temperature in the two zones and the airflow in addition to the necessary emergency lights. Above, the infotainment screen is located at the necessary height to be always well visible, and the watch box looks conventional although we logically hope that it is a digital screen and to a greater or lesser extent configurable.