First introduced in 2015, the Honda HR-V is not only the oldest design in the manufacturer’s current lineup of vehicles in the United States, but one of the oldest available in the country from any brand. The situation is even more strange, since in 2021 the HR-V was replaced in other markets, such as Europe, by an entirely new generation that uses a standard hybrid powertrain.
The situation is not because US buyers have turned their backs on the model; in fact, the HR-V had record sales in the country in 2021. This is more likely because Honda has prepared a region-specific model now that the Honda Fit, on which the first HR-V was based, is no longer offered. in North America.
The Honda HR-V for North America, which was first revealed last January in a couple of sketches and about which we have practically no information, will be revealed on April 4. However, Honda has just shared a new image that offers a more concrete look: it is no longer a drawing, but a photograph. In any case, there is still very little that it reveals.
Honda hasn’t said if the North American HR-V has any mechanical relationship to the new European version, but the image confirms what the sketches showed, namely that the two trucks are in no way related in design. For now the only words that Honda has used to refer to the new HR-V are “sporty and versatile”.
We expect the under-hood options menu to reflect the engine lineup currently available for regular versions of the Honda Civic: a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter without forced induction or a 180-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, with whom he is also expected to share the new global platform for compact cars, with an aluminum subframe from Honda. A hybrid version may also be offered.
Honda, which refers to 2022 as “the year of the crossover,” will later reveal the replacement for the current CR-V, the most popular of its trucks and the second-best-selling crossover in America behind the Toyota RAV4, as well as the fifth most popular model in the country.