Honda began by focusing on its 'Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum' development principle, based on the belief that the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers.
The 2021 Honda HR-V has a contemporary coupé-SUV body that appeals through the simplicity of its design, while its exceptionally spacious and versatile interior is more user-orientated and comfortable to sit in than ever. The all-new HR-V provides quality, functionality and practicality, with an individual and fun style.
The efficient packaging of powertrain components in an updated version of Honda's global small platform and the brand's clever centre tank layout play key roles in enhancing cabin space and enabling four adults to be accommodated in maximum comfort. As well as interior space, advanced design and technology optimises airiness, comfort, ergonomics and versatility.
Honda Large Project Leader, Kojiro Okabe said:
Building the car from scratch, the HR-V adds elements which bring fun and joy to all passengers. We aimed to augment, not repress people's opinions or individuality and create a car that enabled all people to enjoy their lifestyles.
The coupé-SUV aesthetic of the new HR-V creates a sense of energetic spirit and dynamism. The design includes a crisp horizontal shoulder line that runs from the headlights to the rear light cluster. At the rear, there is a simple, elegant tailgate design, which neatly integrates the tailgate door handle within the three-dimensional rear panel. The cut lines are aligned and minimised as much as possible to avoid shadows, and have been removed entirely on the door handles. The two licence plate lights, tailgate handle and rear camera are all simply integrated into one unit, contributing to the clean overall styling. This desire for simplicity has resulted in a more elegant design.
Inside the new HR-V, every design element is dedicated to achieving a sense of generous spaciousness and airiness that connects occupants to the outside world. This begins with windows that are designed to introduce as much light as possible, whilst the excellent outward visibility is further aided by the horizontally orientated instrumental panel and flat bonnet line.
The sense of airiness is amplified by a unique vent design, positioned in the top corners of the dashboard. These are designed to avoid that uncomfortable feeling of air flowing directly onto you, instead the system subtly directs a stream of air along the side windows and the front windshield to the roof, creating a vortex beside and above occupants.
The uncluttered, simple-to-use layout adds to the sense of calm, with the audio and ventilation controls and instrument panel positioned as close as possible to the driver's field of vision, with instantly recognisable controls allowing for safe and intuitive operation.
The rear seats have been given an additional recline increasing passenger comfort and space. Crucially, the new HR-V offers greater leg room and shoulder space, along with a fully flat cargo space and seat arrangement, to enable the easy loading of a wide variety of luggage, bicycles and other sports and lifestyle-related equipment.
Honda Large Project Leader, Kojiro Okabe, added:
We designed the all-new hybrid HR-V to reflect the exacting values and needs of modern consumers and appeal to a new generation of car owners. By cleverly applying Honda's latest technologies and design ethos, we have created a car that will provide the spaciousness, connectivity, reliability and versatility required to fully support and enhance their everyday lives.
The all-new HR-V e:HEV will be available in late 2021.