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”. 

Honda HR-V
e:HEV powertrain produces 96 kW.

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. 

Honda HR-V
Increased spring rate of the steering column delivers a “smoother feel”.

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. 

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Stopping power provided by 293 mm ventilated fore and 282 mm solid rear brake discs.

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. 

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The HR-V is now underpinned by an updated version of Honda’s global small platform.

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.