Honda has unwrapped the new-generation HR-V, with the Japanese car manufacturer saying the latest version of its popular crossover has been “engineered with a focus on maximising driver enjoyment and comfort”.
Available exclusively in e:HEV guise, the crossover has been “crafted to be both extremely enjoyable and responsive to drive, as well as highly efficient”. The two-motor hybrid powertrain – the same unit featured in the new Honda Fit – has been revised to suit the compact SUV. Compared to the small hatchback, the battery system in the HR-V boasts a higher density to allow for greater outputs. In the HR-V, the petrol-electric setup produces 96 kW and 253 N.m of torque.
According to the Hamamatsu-based automaker, its engineers have “analysed every aspect” of the driving experience to “optimise” the HR-V’s dynamics. The hybrid crossover is underpinned by an updated version of Honda’s global small platform, featuring high-tensile steel that has been increased for “improved” body rigidity.
The new model boasts an increased spring rate of the steering column “to deliver a smoother feel”, greater torsional rigidity, and a more responsive suspension setup. At the rear, the compliance bushes have been modified to improve wheel control and ride comfort.
Stopping power is provided by a “powerful” braking system comprising 293 mm ventilated fore and 282 mm solid rear brake discs. For the e:HEV, a “bespoke” electric servo brake has been fitted, allowing for “smooth” control of the regenerative and hydraulic brakes.