Calm down, this is not the new Honda HR-V. It is the E: concept, a fully electric SUV that was presented by Honda on Saturday (26), at the opening of the Beijing Motor Show, in China. The car anticipates the futuristic look of Honda’s future electric SUVs, but it also contains features that may appear in the next generation of the Honda HR-V, scheduled for 2021, according to expert comments. Asian brands are making radical changes in the design of the cars and it may be that Honda will follow suit.
In fact, Honda is usually one of the most daring. To date, the Honda Civic’s sedan-coupe formula has not been matched by its rivals Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra. Toyota recently introduced the Corolla Cross with an exaggerated grille. But the biggest paradigm break in relation to design happened with the new generation of the Hyundai Creta, which further radicalized the look that debuted in the new HB20. Recently, the new Hyundai Tucson has also surprised by presenting a frontal design in which the grille and headlights seem to be one.
But, after all, what does the E: concept electric SUV from Honda have that could be adopted in the HR-V and shock the public? At the front, the headlights are very narrow and tapered, as are headlights with the same visual language. On the sides, a less ascending waist line. The presence of E: concept in Beijing has raised speculation on the part of the specialized media. However, there is another way, totally different from the E: concept design, which can also shock HR-V fans.
Several design projections have been published worldwide and show a V-shaped grid, like that of the Nissan, but the most flattened “letter”. And the ends of this V would house two very thin headlights, continuing the line. Below the headlights, the cavities that house the auxiliary headlights would be quite large. Mitsubishi was more or less in this line in the new Pajero Sport, with two large areas at the low extremities, but it does not form a V, but a very open X.
Returning to the E: concept, another feature that can be inherited by the new HR-V is the longer hood and the rear body. This is another trend and we have seen it recently in the new generation of the Peugeot 208. The sporty footprint of the Honda HR-V will be maintained. The rear door handles are expected to remain recessed to accentuate your coupe SUV silhouette.
With the globalization of cars, stylists are looking for ways that please the most different types of public. If Honda opts for the Asian design trend, it will not be difficult to shock the Brazilian consumer. Design is the first purchase item on many cars. So much so that Hyundai had to relieve the traces of the front grille of the new HB20, which had a strong reaction from consumers.
During its early years, the Honda HR-V was unbeatable in the compact SUV segment. However, its sales dropped and today the Japanese car is only the 6th place in the category, with 20,800 accumulated license plates. He is behind the Volkswagen T-Cross (41,200), Jeep Renegade (35,500), Hyundai Creta (29,600), Chevrolet Tracker (28,700 and Nissan Kicks (24,900).
Another car that had a radical design change was the Renault Stepway, which is sold in Europe as Dacia (Romanian brand of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance). The Sandero Stepway, as it is still called by the manufacturer, completely changed the front and was unrecognizable. Likewise, Chevrolet S10 used a different design for the High Country version, in order to differentiate it from the rest of the line.
Source: Car Guide