Honda HR-V e:HEV - Coupe inspired exterior with premium SUV styling
The 2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV Hybrid 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.
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 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.
Coupé-inspired exterior with premium SUV styling
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.
Interior design and class-leading spaciousness
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.
Platform and packaging
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.
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