As reported earlier, Honda has just taken the wraps off the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V. If you have been living under a rock for some time, the outgoing model was a wild and resounding success on our shores (I have one sitting in my garage, so I'd know).
It goes without saying that Honda will have its work cut out to improve on the current car. So, let's dive in to what's new and different about the all-new model, compared to its predecessor.
I've said this many times that the current HR-V is already quite a handsome car. But, right off the bat, you can see the front fascia of the new model looks bolder and has a more imposing presence (hints of Mazda's Kodo design on the grille too).
To the side profile, the new HR-V definitely looks more chiselled and lithe. The way the rear windscreen tapers to the tailgate is also more aggresive. You can also see that the wing mirrors are mounted to the doors, presumably to aid visibility and aerodynamics. Thankfully, the hidden rear door handles have also been retained.
At the rear, the new car sports a cleaner, less fussy look. There are less curves and angles compared to the outgoing car. You can see Honda still wants the HR-V to retain its praticality, with the bootlid's lip still extending all the way down. A subtle exhaust exit and contrasting diffuser finish completes the rear fascia.
Once again, the 2021 Honda HR-V pulls off a very clean and clutter-free cockpit. Everything looks classy (dare I say, premium?) and has an air of elegance, where the outgoing model had a slightly utilitarian feel inside. Special mention goes to the air conditioning vents that look really well integrated. And are those physical HVAC control knobs? Praise be!
One prominent observation would be that the floating center console from the current model is no more, replaced with a conventional layout. I personally found the space below the gear selector to be an ingenious solution, but perhaps Honda has freed up space elsewhere.
Nonetheless, we fully expect the 2021 Honda HR-V to retain its class leading space and interior packaging. Clever features such as the 'Magic Seats' are retained, and will continue to provide flexible storage configurations. And are those rear AC vents? Hurrah!
What does get the 'floating' treatment now is the infotainment system. It looks quite similar to the layout in the Honda Accord. Let's hope this one is more slick and intuitive, as the one in the current model was rather unresponsive and clunky.
As with movies, sequels can often be painful and disastrous, but it's safe to say that this sequel will be a hit. Personally, I think Honda has pulled off a blinder improving on such a successful and important model. I for one can't wait to see this model land on our shores.