Hold on, is the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V really as big as it looks?
CY Foong · Feb 19, 2021 08:00 PM
While the world (well, at least in this part of the world) is reeling from the global launch of the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V, we must say that it looks very drastic and bigger than the outgoing model. Some might say it resembles a Mazda at the front, which must be a compliment.
However, according to an interview with Japanese media, the all-new HR-V’s bigger size is merely an illusion. Wait, so it only looks big? Granted, we’re only looking at photos rather than up close, so what’s the deal with this trickery, Honda?
Well, Kojiro Okabe, the Development Manager for Honda’s R&D department as well as the person in charge of the development of the all-new HR-V explained in an interview with Car Watch that he envisioned the all-new HR-V to look futuristic but practical for all kinds of people.
In the interview, Okabe-san has explained that there was no specific demographic for the all-new HR-V as the previous-gen was appealing to both men and women regardless of age.
Okabe-san had also worked on the development of the previous-gen HR-V and he wanted the design to be futuristic but also at the same time retain its compact proportions. His main tenet during the development of the all-new HR-V is to make sure that it is comfortable for four adult passengers.
“Therefore, in the early stages of design, we decided how to meet these requirements and make the proportions of the (exterior) beautiful,” Okabe-san said in the interview.
Though Honda has yet to release the exact dimensions of the all-new HR-V, Okabe-san has emphasised the word compact numerous times in the interview. This might imply that the final dimensions of the all-new HR-V won't be much different from its predecessor.
Still, the outgoing HR-V is already impressive in terms of practicality, easily swallowing whatever it is given in its boot space. So, it seems that the all-new HR-V could be keeping that class-leading practicality.
Honda will start selling the HR-V in Japan from April where it will be badged as the Vezel. Prices and more technical details including the powertrains and dimensions will only be announced then. As for Malaysia, we might only see this all-new HR-V launched in 2022, perhaps without the fancy accessories.