Several patent images of the redesigned Honda HR-V / Vezel have surfaced online, ahead of its debut next week.
Noticed by a Facebook user, the pictures show the next HR-V will be a radical departure as trades sporty curves for a generic design that’s worthy of the witness protection program.
Starting up front, there’s an MG-like grille that is flanked by slender headlights. The crossover also features plastic body cladding, slab-sided bodywork and a pronounced shoulder line.
Other notable styling features include a relatively flat roof and hidden rear door handles. Rounding out the highlights are an angular rear window and stylish taillights that appear to be connected by a chrome bar or a thin illuminated strip.
While the model looks pretty dull, it’s in keeping with Honda’s more conservative styling philosophy. The new design language was previewed by the Civic Prototype and will apparently spread to additional models.
That being said, Honda officials have told us the North American variant will be different as it has been “designed to meet the distinct needs of U.S. [and Canadian] customers.” This isn’t much to go on, but hopefully the US-spec model will have some personality.
Getting back to the international HR-V / Vezel, Honda has already confirmed the crossover will have an e:HEV powertrain. Full details should be announced next week, but it’s expected to use a 1.3- or 1.5-liter petrol engine, two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery.
H/T to CarAdvice