Honda, the futuristic japanese carmaker is planning to launch couple of new hybrid vehicles in India. According to a latest media report, Honda Cars India will bring in the City Hybrid sedan and HR-V Hybrid SUV in 2021. While the former will see a release in May or June, the latter is reported to come post 2021 Diwali season. Recently, the carmaker revealed the third-generation Honda HR-V for the Thai market. The India-spec version might receive a few upgrades over the Thai model. The 2021 Honda HR-V comes with improved styling, more premium interior and a strong hybrid powertrain.
The hybrid SUV has been packed with Honda’s e:HEV system that includes a 1.5L iMMD (Intelligent-Multi Mode Drive) petrol engine and two electric motors. There is a lithium-ion battery and a fixed gear transmission. Its combined power output stands at 109bhp. The 2021 Honda HR-V hybrid will offer fuel economy of 26.7kmpl. In Japan, the SUV is also offered with a 1.5L iVTEC naturally aspirated engine that’s good enough for 121bhp and 145Nm of torque. A CVT automatic gearbox delivers power to the front wheels.
Compared to the previous generation, the new one is 120mm longer and 10mm wider. While its height has been trimmed down by 5mm, the wheelbase has been increased by 20mm. The SUV’s overall length, width and height stand at 4450mm, 1780mm and 1600mm respectively. With 2630mm long wheelbase, the 2021 Honda HR-V will promise more cabin space than before. Comprehensive changes have also been made to its interior. The new-generation model comes equipped with a large touchscreen infotainment system supporting latest smartphone connectivity, Honda Connect display, a panoramic sunroof, wireless charger, automatic AC unit, hands-free power tailgate and more. The SUV has ‘Magic Seats’ with ‘fold-flat’ and ‘flip-up’ options.
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