Honda explains how the 2021 Honda HR-V's A/C vents work like an air curtain to keep you cool
Sanjay · May 28, 2021 05:00 PM
The all-new 2021 Honda HR-V's interior has been the topic of conversation ever since the model launched because it - just like the equally-new 2022 Honda Civic's - is miles simpler compared to its predecessor.
But these tweaks are beyond skin deep, as Honda Europe shows us.
New Air Diffusion System
Much like the 11th-generation Civic, the HR-V's biggest interior change is the 'one-piece' air-cond vent that runs across the dashboard, bookended by two inverse L-shaped vents at both ends.
The snazzy dials alongside the L-shaped vents allows for three modes: the normal outlet with forward-directed air flow, the Air Diffusion System which creates a new gentle flow of air, and close which shuts off the air.
When the Air Diffusion System is selected, it directs a stream of soft ‘breeze’ like air along the side windows, caressing the front passengers. The air also travels to the roof, creating a gentle vortex of air that does not impact directly on passengers.
But that's not all - the heat transmitted through the side windows in summer is blocked by an air curtain that forms around front and rear seat passengers, as is the cold air during winter. The resulting effect is a constant temperature in any weather. Also, for the first time in the HR-V, there are rear air-cond vents.
Simpler cabin, but with more space
Space, as in both how the cabin feels, and how much it can occupy.
For one, Honda's tweaked 'Man Maximum, Machine Minimum' philosophy results in a uncluttered layout, and the audio and air-cond controls are now as close as possible to the driver's line of sight.
Meanwhile, all the hybrid powertrain and drivetrain components are packed within the chassis and engine bay. This, coupled with the fuel tank being beneath the front seats, maximises interior space while allowing for a more upmarket look outside.
The second is a 1.5-litre petrol-electric e:HEV hybrid powertrain, similar to the one that powers our Honda City RS. This comprises of a 131 PS/253 Nm electric motor and the 108 PS/127 Nm Atkinson-cycle engine.
Whether or not the model makes it to Malaysia is still up in the air, as it could see a significant price hike in our region. To stay competitive, Honda might just introduce the second-generation WR-V instead.
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.