The Japanese automotive manufacturer Honda Motor Company recently revealed the second generation of its subcompact crossover SUV HR-V in North America. The newest iteration of the HR-V has been developed entirely from scratch and looks nothing like the model that is being sold in Europe and Asia. The model is based on the underpinnings of the latest generation of its sibling – the Honda Civic and features a ton of similar design cues from the sedan.
The 2023 HR-V debuts a clean, sporty and expressive exterior design, featuring a bold new grille, longer hood and sleek roofline. Dimensionally the model is a lot larger than its predecessor and comes with a longer wheelbase and wider stance. Honda has given the new HR-V, an adventure-ready styling with a low horizontal beltline that begins with its extended hood and continues over the swell of the rear fenders.
On the front, the new crossover features a set of LED headlights with integrated DRLs that have been borrowed from the new Civic and in the rear the model gets a similar wide-set LED taillamp along with a sculpted hatch and functional tailgate spoiler. The 2023 model also gets a set of newly designed alloy wheels.
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As for the features of the model, we can expect to see all the latest bells and whistles that we have become accustomed to seeing in the new models of 2023. Additionally, as the new HR-V seems heavily inspired by the latest generation of the Civic, it will also come equipped with a ton of tech and features that we have seen in the sibling.
Coming on to the drivetrain of the new HR-V, it could come equipped with the Civic’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. It could also get a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with roughly 180 horsepower. However, apart from the exterior pictures, Honda has not released any further information about the forthcoming model, so we will have to wait a couple of months before we could know the exact specifications of the powertrains.
Michael Kistemaker, assistant vice president of Automobile Sales of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. on the reveal of the new HR-V said, “By gaining aspirational qualities beyond its segment, the all-new 2023 Honda HR-V will welcome a new generation of customers to Honda and grow in importance as a gateway to the Honda brand,” He added, “This new HR-V will advance its position as the segment leader with young buyers, first-time buyers, and multicultural customers.”
In other Honda news, the new Honda City Hybrid is all set to arrive at the Indian shores on 14th April 2022. The upcoming hybrid variant of the highly successful City will get a combination of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson petrol engine, two electric motors and a battery. And the power output of the model has been 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.