After a quiet season, the all-new HR-V will be on the market in the final quarter of this season. Compared to its larger sibling, CR-V, sales of the subcompact model are not impressive. But, if we take charts only for this segment, then Honda’s smallest unit is one of the best-sellers. With the new 2021 Honda HR-V out, the company can count on 100K+ sales next year.
The subcompact crossover is pretty practical. The new edition could gain an inch or two, to provide more space inside the cabin. The extension is not going to affect the fuel economy since carbon fiber and aluminum will make the 2021 Honda HR-V lighter than before.
The current edition is equipped with an inline-four petrol engine. The next one could get a hybrid drivetrain. But, do not exclude the all-electric version as well. during this break due to COVID-19 outburst, the Japanese carmaker is using the time to test its upcoming vehicles. In 2021, besides the small HR-V, we will also see the new Pilot.
2021 Honda HR-V Specs and Hybrid
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Honda HR-V remains a petrol unit as the main source of power. A 1.8-liter has shown a lot of potential and owners of the crossovers praise the engine. Nevertheless, Honda might surprise us with a new powerplant when the HR-V introduces all the redesign details. Still, experts believe there is room for a 1.8-liter model in the lineup. It creates 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. The facelift will make the vehicle lighter, and it will also improve fuel economy numbers. The HR-V returns 28/34 mpg with a front-wheel drive setup. If you pick an AWD, the gas mileage on the open road will suffer, dropping to 31 mpg. A CVT is a certain part of the drive system.
The upcoming crossover might become even more efficient if the company introduces a hybrid unit. Well, besides the fuel economy, the power output will get a boost. Most buyers are purchasing these crossovers because of their exceptional gas mileage, and the price. A hybrid unit would improve the first, but will harm the second advantage of the subcompact model. Still, as an optional drive, we would like to see it next year.
All-Electric 2021 Honda HR-V
Honda is going to electrify its lineup very soon. The first hybrids are out and the CR-V stunned the US market with 40+ mpg mileage. Now, it is time for its sibling to deliver a similar effect. With 34 mpg, a regular petrol engine is already very efficient. If the hybrid unit happens, the 2021 Honda HR-V could return even 50 mpg. However, it all depends on the configuration picked for this vehicle. The carmaker could also go after a performance version and HR-V Type R is also an option. The combination of a more aggressive styling, enhanced engine, and hybrid technology, would make this crossover one of the most attractive vehicles of the upcoming season.
2021 Honda HR-V Redesign
Ever since its arrival, the subcompact crossover didn’t have any serious updates. Now it is time for big changes on the 2021 Honda HR-V. The vehicle will go through the redesign. However, we don’t have too many clues of what it would look like. Fans and enthusiasts are trying to figure it out both for HR-V and the new Pilot. But, the lack of test mules is definitely made everyone wondering what will the HR-V look like in the future.
The current model is 170 inches long, and the upcoming vehicle could gain a couple of inches. Although compact, many owners praise the layout and space inside the vehicle. Honda will try to maintain its reputation and provide even more room. On the other hand, the HR-V was not the best option for an off-road drive with 6.5 inches of ground clearance. The new vehicle could climb up to 7 in. Of course, numerous modifications of the exterior will make the crossover more appealing, especially to the younger population. For many of them, the subcompact vehicle is the first ride. The Japanese carmaker will try to make youngsters fall in love with the brand.
Do not expect too much space, even if it increased. This is a subcompact vehicle and the room inside is limited. Total cargo space could reach 60 cubic feet on the new 2021 Honda HR-V. We can expect more hi-tech features, especially at higher trim levels. Touring is the top choice, with navigation, premium audio, all-wheel drive as standard, and advanced safety options.
Pricing and Launch Date
The Japanese manufacturer planned to release the 2021 Honda HR-V by the end of the year. However, the situation with coronavirus escalated, and now it is questionable if this is going to happen. But, that means the vehicle is ready and it is just a matter of time when it will be out. The pricing will stay put. The base model is going to cost no more than $21,500. Touring version starts above $30k.