With the full model change in 2019, the Honda Vezel (Honda HR-V) will become two SUVs, as per a new report from Carsensor.
The Toyota C-HR has raised the bar with respect to design in its segment, and Honda is working on making the HR-V sportier and more aggressive. The current model offers an excellent balance of style and practicality. The second generation model will focus on both aspects strongly by having two versions catering each need.
The latest report suggests that Honda is planning one version in a proper SUV-coupe body style and another version with relaxed proportions. These versions would have a relationship similar to the BMW X4 and BMW X3 respectively, as per the Japanese publication. A newly developed platform will underpin the duo of sub-compact SUVs.
Previous reports have said that Honda will offer the next-gen Vezel with a dual-motor full-hybrid powertrain, as an upgrade to the current model’s single-motor full-hybrid powertrain. It will share this powertrain, which pairs a 1.5-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, with the next-gen Honda Jazz. Powertrain options should include 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol and 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.
The next-gen Honda Vezel (next-gen Honda HR-V) is expected to debut in October 2019. The global rollout may commence in early 2020.