2022 Honda HR-V turns into hybrid-power coupe SUV

Meet the new 2022 Honda HR-V, now a hybrid powered, coupe-style SUV.

Unveiled by the Japanese carmaker today, the new-generation HR-V will be available with a hybrid for the first time, which indeed, will be the sole powertrain option available to buyers in Europe.

Australian details are yet to be revealed, but petrol versions will likely feature in the new HR-V’s local line-up, with the hybrid model offered as a mid- or range-topping variant.

Compared to the hybrid model shown here, expect the petrol version to carry a more conventional grille design similar to the Japanese market HR-V below, where it is known as the Vezel.

Overall, the new model boasts a more modern design with slender LED headlights and a raked roofline. Like the current-generation, the rear handles are still partially hidden in the C-pillars.

Around the back, the taillights are also slimmer and now joined by a light strip separated by the Honda logo.

The coupe-like form is said to enhance the interior space and provide better comfort. Indeed, Honda says the new model retains the previous HR-V’s class-leading interior space, with the trick ‘Magic Seat’ folding seat mechanism making a return.

Inside, the new dashboard is inspired by the Honda E electric car and features a tablet-style Honda Connect touchscreen infotainment system in the centre with connected features such as digital key, automatic map updates and in-car wifi.

One of the highlights is the new air diffusion system that provides a curtain of fresh air beside and above passengers, flowing from the L-shaped vents in the dashboard.

In terms of safety, the new HR-V comes with Honda’s suite of driver assistance technology, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam, lane-keep assist and road sign recognition function.

European deliveries are set to begin in late 2021, with Australian launch still to be determined.

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