Social media reactions and actual sales numbers don’t necessarily jive, do they? When the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V (called the Vezel in Japan) was unveiled in February, the internet was split on how the subcompact crossover looks. Some say it looks too soft, while others, including us, like its minimalist styling and upright proportions. Whatever the case, Honda is probably laughing on its way to the bank right now because the all-new HR-V already has a 10-month long waiting list in its home market in Japan.
Malaysian automotive website WapCar first caught on the news from Japanese media website Creative Trend. It says that the main reason for the long waiting list is the unexpected overwhelming demand for the top trim Vezel e:HEV Play.
The fully-loaded e:HEV Play variant (as shown) comes with a two-piece panoramic sunroof and a two-tone exterior and interior color scheme, all of which require a more complex production process. In addition, parts for the aforementioned panoramic sunroof are also in short supply, which is already exacerbated by the ongoing global semiconductor shortage.
On the other hand, those who ordered the lower variants of the HR-V in Japan are more fortunate as they can expect deliveries to begin as early as August 2021.
All-new from the ground up, the 2022 Honda HR-V maintains its signature coupe-like roofline and hidden rear door handles. Compared to the previous model’s sporty looks, the all-new HR-V now has a minimalist design. Most models will come with a frameless grille design, though two style packs are available in Japan: Urban Style and Casual Style. Regardless, all variants come with LED headlights and LED taillights that run across the width of the HR-V’s tailgate.
Just like the exterior, the interior focuses on a minimalist approach of removing all the clutter and reducing driver movements while operating the vehicle. Honda’s packaging expertise has meant that despite being a subcompact SUV, the HR-V takes advantage of every inch of interior space available. Honda has made significant strides in making the HR-V’s interior feel premium thanks to the use of varying soft-touch materials.
As a matter of fact, the same Japanese website that reported the HR-V’s success in Japan claims that the all-new HR-V’s interior is even more premium than the interior of his all-new TNGA-based Toyota Harrier. He was so impressed, this has led him to purchase his own top trim Vezel e:HEV Play, too.
In Japan, the all-new 2022 Honda HR-V is powered solely by the brand’s e:HEV hybrid powertrain. This combines a 1.5-liter inline-4 DOHC gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors. No power figures have been given yet as this vehicle is still undergoing its final stages of development. Power is then sent to either the front or all four wheels through a CVT.
As with every new car nowadays, the all-new HR-V comes with a suite of advanced driver-assist systems. Called Honda Sensing, the safety suite includes the usual automatic emergency braking, full-speed radar-guided cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and blind spot warning. Making its debut in the HR-V is a new rear automatic emergency braking feature and automatic high beams.
The 2021 Honda HR-V is now on sale in dealers in Japan, while as mentioned, deliveries will begin this August and a 10-month long waiting list already exists for this subcompact crossover SUV.