If Honda Cars Philippines has plans on bringing this in, then the local crossover scene is about to get a lot more interesting.
Honda has finally pulled the covers off of the all-new HR-V (unveiled as the Vezel in Japan), showing off some very clean styling decisions and a more rugged look versus the outgoing model.
Minimalist and modern
The first thing you’ll notice is a longer hood and a striking face featuring a minimalist— albeit large—grille flanked by aggressive headlights with daytime running lights. If this is a little too plain for your tastes, however, you have the choice of going with a more intricate mesh grille courtesy of the Urban or Casual style packs.
On the sides, strong character lines, a sleek roofline, and a good amount of matte black plastic bits help lend the crossover a relatively macho appearance, while the rear flaunts modern unified taillights. This is easily one of the most handsome offerings available in its segment.
Inside, you’ll be greeted by a dark, minimalist cabin with some premium-looking elements. There’s plenty of soft-touch materials by the looks of it, and a simple dash layout, floating touchscreen interface, and nice aluminum accents give the all-new HR-V’s interior a level of class the previous generation didn’t possess. And as with most modern Hondas, this thing comes packed with the brand’s Honda Sensing safety features.
Gasoline and Two-Motor Hybrid models
Two powertrain options have been announced at launch. The first is a 1.5-liter DOHC gasoline engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the second is a two-motor hybrid setup. The crossover is available in 2WD or AWD as well. Honda, though, has yet to reveal specific performance figures.
Overall, Honda has chosen to go a little more conservative with this subcompact crossover, and we dig it. Are you liking what the brand has done with the HR-V or do you prefer the last one’s more playful appearance? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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