The latest Honda HR-V is far less aggressive than the previous model, as the team opts for a clean and simple design

Honda has taken the wraps off its new HR-V. The small SUV is now offered only as a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), with no combustion engine-only option, in line with the company’s goal of electrifying all its European models by 2022. 

From the front, the distinctive slatted grille gives the HR-V its character, with clean, simple panels spanning one side to the other, interupted only in the centre by the embedded Honda logo. The top edges of the grille connect to the headlamps, with a bold upper strip emphasised with LEDs and following the curve of the body work. 

This line continues along the side of the car, illustrated by a single line that sweeps above the door handles and meets the upper section of the lights at the rear. The lightbar stems the width of the back, with a narrow LED strip running above a glossy red/black surface that also joins up to the main light units. 

Inside, the focus is clearly on functionality – a Honda speciality. Most of the surfaces are clad either in hard-wearing plastics or leather. The dash is clearly split into two by a narrow vertical section that houses the air vents and almost acts as a stand for the touchscreen. 

The centre console has a wraparound design with a chrome strip that starts beneath the steering wheel and ends near the handbrake. It’s not super fancy, but this little bit of detail gives the HR-V a small injection of personality. 

In comparison to its predecessor, this latest HR-V seems to be far more measured. The body work has fewer lines and edges, and the overall style is reserved as opposed to aggressive. 

Honda says the new HR-V will be available in Europe in late 2021. The company has been relatively quiet in terms of design since the launch of its E, but this latest launch could potentially mark the start of a flurry.