The all-new HR-V e:HEV is powered by Honda's advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain technology, delivering a blend of efficiency and responsive performance. The HR-V joins Honda's e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) model line-up for the first time and represents one of the final steps in the brand's commitment to electrifying all its European mainstream models by 2022.
The new model achieves a rare balance of premium SUV styling and exceptional spaciousness, with compact dimensions and easy entry and exit for passengers. All enabled by Honda's 'Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum' (M/M) principle.
The 2022 HR-V's sleek silhouette is achieved by increasing road clearance by 10mm, reducing the roof height by 20mm, increasing the wheels to 18" as standard, and reducing the front overhang.
The clean simplicity of design is achieved through the car's smooth surfaces, with external features like the headlights, grille and lower mesh grille, being incorporated into the body shape, affording it a more sculpted and sleek appearance. The aerodynamic improvements result in higher stability and better high-speed fuel efficiency.
The combination of utility and aesthetics is evident in the simple, elegant tailgate design, which neatly integrates the tailgate door handle within the three-dimensional rear panel.
The interior was designed with a focus on space and light to elevate the sense of airiness in the cabin. This airy feeling is amplified by a unique 'Air Diffusion System', which subtly directs a stream of air along the front side windows to the roof, creating a vortex of air beside and above occupants, providing ventilation without the discomfort caused by vents blowing directly onto the face.
The sense of connection with the outside world begins with excellent outward visibility -- the driving position is now 10mm higher and the windows are designed to admit as much light as possible.
Honda's next-generation body stabilising front seats feature mat-structure support, replacing the previous spring set-up, helping to prevent fatigue on long journeys and increasing comfort. The interior controls are optimally positioned as close as possible to the driver's field of vision. The uncluttered, simple-to-use layout further adds to the sense of spaciousness, with instantly recognisable audio and ventilation controls allowing for safe and intuitive operation.
Although overall vehicle dimensions are similar to the previous model, the new HR-V offers a 35mm increase in rear leg room, increased shoulder space and an additional two-degree recline, thanks to Honda's centre tank layout and clever packaging of hybrid components.
The HR-V retains the exceptionally versatile rear Magic Seat set-up, that offers both fold-flat or flip-up seat flexibility, depending on load space required. The cargo space can easily accommodate a wide variety of luggage and lifestyle equipment. For example, two adult mountain bikes (with front wheels removed) can be loaded and stowed upright with ease. Loading convenience is enhanced by a hands-free 'Power Tailgate Walk Away Close' function1 with increased functionality over other similar systems. The smart key proximity function detects when the key is moving away from the car, to automatically start closing the tailgate.
Honda's proven e:HEV hybrid technology delivers a smooth and enjoyable driving experience, with responsive performance and impressive fuel efficiency. It comprises two compact, powerful electric motors connected to a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, with peak power output from the propulsion motor of 96 kW (131 PS) and maximum torque of 253Nm at 4,500 rpm.
The e:HEV set-up includes three interchangeable drive modes, automatically selected for the prevailing driving requirements. For ultimate efficiency, the HR-V pulls off in electric mode, seamlessly changing to hybrid mode when the engine is under high-torque demand, with the petrol engine used when driving at higher, more constant speeds.
The driving dynamics are enhanced through the various performance modes - Sport, Normal and Econ, while the additional drive mode B can be selected through the gear shifter for stronger regenerative braking and a more EV-like experience. The level of energy regeneration and the strength of the deceleration effect can be adjusted to suit the driver's preference by using Deceleration Selector behind the steering wheel, to provide a variety of driving experiences.
The all-new Honda HR-V provides seamless in-car connectivity, with an intuitive 9" LCD touchscreen interface designed to minimise driver distraction.
The interface, which is navigated using familiar smartphone-style controls, also enables smartphone mirroring via Apple CarPlay (through Bluetooth, WiFi or cable) and Android Auto (cable). Over-the-air software updates allows upgrades to the latest features and apps.
The all-new HR-V is equipped with Honda SENSING™, for the first time, and features a comprehensive range of class-leading advanced safety technologies and driver aids.
Honda SENSING™ receives an upgrade for the all-new HR-V, including the application of a new wider, higher-definition monocular front camera and high-speed image processing chips that improves upon the previous camera and radar sensor combination. It also includes, improved night-time operation of the Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System and the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), which now detects oncoming vehicles crossing the path of the car, including cyclists and motorcycles, and applies the brakes.
New Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) technology introduced for the all-new HR-V improves safety when changing lanes and passing vehicles. The steering angle and lateral G-force is now assessed in conjunction with the enhanced camera images to accelerate the car earlier during manoeuvres. This delivers a safer, smoother transition when pulling out. ACC also boasts a low-speed follow function and brake control to maintain set speed during hill descent.
Blind Spot Information now features on the all-new HR-V1. It uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver's blind spot and alerts the driver via a warning symbol in the door mirror. The detection distance has been improved from 3m to 25m for increased driver confidence.
Cross Traffic Monitor has also been strengthened, this uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles from left or right when reversing. An audible and visual warning is provided here.
Hill Descent Control, available for the first time in Europe on the HR-V, operates from a minimum speed of just 3 km/h. This technology enables greater and smoother control on low-grip surfaces and steep descents to increase driving confidence in a wider range of conditions - from navigating slippery outdoor car park ramps to tackling steep snowy roads.
The all-new HR-V e:HEV will be available in Europe in late 2021.
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