Honda’s new HR-V will be hybrid-only model

The HR-V will become the second vehicle offered in Europe by Honda only with a full-hybrid drivetrain.

The crossover will use the same drivetrain as the Jazz small-segment hatchback with two electric motors and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that make a combined output of 129 hp, Honda said in a statement.

The e:HEV powertrain has three drive modes: electric only; hybrid with assist from the combustion engine; and gasoline engine-only at higher speeds on highways.

A 9-inch central touchscreen is standard and is improved with a faster operation speed, Honda said. A second 7-inch screen in front of the driver gives information about the driver-assistance features.

The HR-V has Honda’s Sensing awareness technology, which uses a single forward-facing camera that is now bigger and has increased definition. The single camera now does the job of a combined camera and radar sensor set-up in preceding model.

Features in the new HR-V include improved night-time operation of the pedestrian avoidance system and the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), which now detects oncoming vehicles crossing the path of the car, including bicycles and motorcycles, and applies the brakes.

The HR-V also has adaptive cruise control that includes a low-speed follow function as well as brake control for hills.

The HR-V is lower by 20 mm compared to the outgoing model but has 10 mm higher ground clearance.

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