Japanese automotive maker Honda Motor Company recently unveiled the second generation of its subcompact crossover SUV HR-V in North America. The new iteration of the HR-V is made entirely from scratch and looks nothing like the models sold in Europe and Asia. The model is based on the latest generation of its sibling – the Honda Civic, and there are hints of a similar design from the sedan.
The 2023 HR-V debuted in a clean, sporty and expressive exterior design, featuring a bold new grille, long hood and smooth roof line. Dimensionally the model is much larger than its predecessor and it comes with a longer wheelbase and wider position. Honda has introduced the new HR-V, an adventure-ready styling with a low horizontal beltline that starts with its extended hood and continues until the rear fender swells.
On the front, the new crossover features a set of LED headlights with integrated DRL borrowed from the new Civic, and the rear model receives a similar wide-set LED taillamp with a sculpted hatch and functional tailgate spoiler. The 2023 model also gets a set of newly designed alloy wheels
As for the model’s features, we can expect to see all the latest clocks and flutes that have become accustomed to seeing in the new models of 2023. In addition, the new HR-V seems to be heavily inspired by recent generations. Civic, it will be equipped with a ton of technology and features that we have seen in siblings.
Coming on the drivetrain of the new HR-V, it could be equipped with Civic’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It can get a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with about 180 horsepower. However, apart from the exterior photos, Honda has not released any more information about the upcoming model, so we will have to wait a few months before we know the exact features of the powertrains.
Commenting on the release of the new HR-V, Michael Kistemaker, Assistant Vice President, Automobile Sales, American Honda Motor Co, Inc., said: Honda has grown in importance as a gateway to the generation of customers and the Honda brand, “he added.” This new HR-V will further its position as a segment leader with young buyers, first-time buyers and multicultural customers. “
In other Honda news, the new Honda City Hybrid is set to reach the Indian coast on April 14, 2022. The upcoming hybrid variant of the highly successful City will feature a combination of the 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson petrol engine. Electric motor and a battery. And the power output of the model is rated at 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque. It will also get three different drive modes – petrol-only mode, petrol-electric hybrid mode and electric-only mode.