Honda HR-V is a compact SUV that fills the gap between the CR-V and WR-V in the company’s product range. Honda HR-V will rival the new Nissan Kicks and Toyota Corolla Cross.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda has postponed the market launches of some models in the international markets, one of which is the Honda HR-V. For the one who may not know, Honda HR-V is a compact SUV that fills the gap between the CR-V and WR-V in the brand’s product lineup. While it’s still a long way from the official debut, Kleber Silva, a digital automotive illustrator has released a rendered image of the new Honda car, giving us a brief idea of how the 2021 Honda HR-V could look like.
Earlier, some media reports said that the next-generation Honda HR-V would turn up with a boxier and more rugged look. The upcoming compact SUV by Honda will be spawned off by the company’s new design philosophy, attaining a smoother exterior along with a sleek front facade. It will measure at around 4.4m in length along with increase even in the width. This should help the company position a slightly smaller SUV between the new HR-V and the WR-V.
However, the new rendering of the HR-V showcases a modern design language with an aggressive face, sloping roofline, strong character lines and creases around the body, sculpted bonnet thicker C-pillar, etc. all in line with the current design trends.
The rendered Honda HR-V also received an upright stance while the flat nose featuring a hexagonal grille, V-shaped headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and rectangular fog lamps housing, wide air intake, etc. do make a prominent look. Some other highlights on the rendering of the HR-V comprise of a contrasting black roof, roof rails, body black plastic claddings together with door-mounted ORVMs.
At the rear, the digital artist seems to take some inspirations from the China-spec 2020 Honda UR-V. It comes with a dual-tone bumper with silver skid plate, a roof-mounted rear spoiler integrated with brake lights and a chrome strip connecting the LED taillights.
While not much has been revealed about the upcoming Honda HR-V, we are sure that the midsize SUV will sit in the same underpinning with the latest-gen Honda Jazz sibling. It will make use of multiple engine options under the bonnet, including a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and another option of the mild-hybrid tech. The all-new HR-V may have its global unveiling in May 2021.
Globally, the Honda HR-V is an important product for the Japanese automotive brand as it will come off as the brand’s solid contender in the midsize SUV segment. It will directly go up against the new Nissan Kicks and Toyota Corolla Cross in the international space. As for the Indian market, the Honda HR-V was slated to reach our shores earlier this year but the plan was axed by the high costs. Since the SUV entails a high level of import parts, it will stand in a disadvantageous position when it comes to the pricing, especially amid the fierce competitions raised by the new Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
For our market, Honda is in the run-up to the launch of 2020 Honda City that’s set to hit the showrooms this July 15. Honda is also gearing up for the introduction of the BS6-compliant Jazz as well as the WR-V in times to come.