Honda has revealed prices for its all-new HR-V SUV, which will arrive in showrooms at the end of 2021.
The new third-generation car, regarded as a rival to the big-selling Nissan Juke, will cost from £26,960.
It will only be available with a hybrid drivetrain, based on the unit fitted to Honda’s Jazz supermini. The first hybrid to be fitted to the HR-V, it combines a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors, producing 131hp.
Honda claims CO2 emission levels of 122g/km and fuel economy of 52mpg for the new HR-V. The car can be driven in one of three modes, Eco, Normal and Sport.
These modes are automatically selected based on the driving conditions, but designed to have the electric motors providing the majority of the power – the petrol engine primarily acts as an electricity generator, propelling the car at higher consistent speeds such as on a motorway.
More up-to-date packaging of the electric system has allowed significant design improvements – while of similar size to its predecessor and a coupe-pitched body shape, with a 20mm lower roof, the new HR-V offers increased space in the back and a larger boot.
Three trim levels will be available, starting with Elegance. The standard equipment list includes LED headlamps, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity based on a nine-inch centre console touchscreen.
Advance trim, which adds a bit over £2,000 to the base spec, adds a powered tailgate with hands-free access, heated steering wheel and synthetic leather and fabric upholstery. Top of the range is Advance Style, upgrading the audio system and adding extra styling details on exterior and interior including a two-tone paint finish.
All HR-Vs also include Honda’s Sensing safety technologies and driver aids. New to these with the new model is Hill Descent Control.