Honda will sell a redesigned HR-V small crossover in Europe only with a full-hybrid drivetrain as the automaker continues to drop diesels and expand electrified offerings.
The new-generation HR-V will go on sale in Europe later this year as the automaker’s third full-hybrid after the launch of hybrid versions of the CR-V compact crossover in 2019 and the Jazz small hatchback in 2020.
In a statement, Honda said the HR-V expands its electrified lineup as the brand moves further toward a goal of electrifying all core European models by 2022.
Honda has said it wants two thirds of its vehicles sold in Europe to be electrified by 2025.
A new HR-V is also under development for the U.S.
"This new HR-V will be designed to meet the distinct needs of U.S. customers, and will differ from the Honda Vezel/HR-V that will be introduced in other regions," Honda said in a separate statement. "Honda will have more information to share regarding the next-generation Honda HR-V designed for the U.S. market closer to launch."
The automaker did not release details about the HR-V’s European hybrid powertrain, but it has the same "e-HEV" name given to the Jazz and CR-V hybrid variants.
The HR-V is expected to use the 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to twin electric motors that is offered in the Jazz.
The design of the third-generation HR-V includes a distinctive integrated front grille and angular head lights. A sloping rear hatch gives the car a "coupe-inspired" shape, Honda said.
The overall look is described as "premium" by Honda. The new car keeps the hidden rear door handles of the current HR-V.
The interior of the HR-V retains “class-leading space," the company said.
The length of the outgoing HR-V at 4335 mm (14.2 feet) was at the upper end of the small crossover segment in terms of size, which suggests the new model will also sit between the small and compact crossover segments.