As Honda works towards its commitment to electrifying all its European mainstream models by 2022, it has taken the wraps off a new HR-V complete with a hybrid powertrain.
Sporting a sleek new look, the sub-compact SUV joins Honda’s e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) model line-up powered by a dual electric motor setup.
Two compact electric motors are connected to a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine, with peak power output from the propulsion motor of 96 kW (131 PS) and maximum torque of 253Nm at 4,500 rpm.
The HR-V platform has been engineered with hybrid drivetrain components cleverly packaged into the chassis and within the engine bay. This, combined with Honda’s innovative center fuel tank layout and the integration of the battery beneath the trunk space rather than the floor of the car, enables the HR-V to provide space for four adults, despite the additional e:HEV components.
the HR-V pulls off in electric mode, seamlessly changing to hybrid mode when the engine is under high-torque demand, with the petrol engine used when driving at higher, more constant speeds. The level of energy regeneration and the strength of the deceleration effect can be adjusted to suit the driver’s preference by using Deceleration Selector behind the steering wheel.
The HR-V e:HEV is expected to be available in Europe in late 2021.