The 2022 Honda HR-V e will be the only model offered in Europe.
A few months after the 2022 Honda HR-V crossover debuted in Europe and Japan, the company has officially confirmed that the car will be sold exclusively in the e: HEV format in the Old Continent.
The hybrid powertrain includes a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson cycle petrol engine, powered by two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. The total output of the hybrid unit is 129 hp. and 253 Nm of torque. The consumption per 100 km of the model is 5.4 liters, and the acceleration to hundreds is 10.6 seconds. Honda is already using the e: HEV transmission in the new Jazz, but for the HR-V it has changed the battery cell count from 48 to 60.
The e: HEV system has three drive modes, electric drive, hybrid drive and motor. The SUV automatically switches between them, depending on which one is the most economical at a particular moment. For example, the transmission will operate in Engine Drive mode when traveling at a constant high speed on the highway, and if further acceleration is required, such as when overtaking, the car will switch to hybrid drive for additional performance. The hybrid drive also functions as an engine-driven generator that can be used to recharge the battery.
Beyond the powertrain, the new generation HR-V offers much more space than its predecessor thanks to a new base. The interior has also been redesigned and closely resembles the cabin of the new Civic. Key new interior features include a 9-inch infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, and a 7-inch virtual instrument cluster.
The 2022 Honda HR-V e: HEV goes on sale across Europe at the end of 2021. Pricing details have yet to be announced.