The Honda HR-V is due for its first full redesign since its debut in 2016. According to spy shots from Autoblog, the subcompact SUV looks to be sporting a much sportier and more rugged exterior. Although earlier reports suggested the next-gen HR-V would arrive for 2022, we have since learned that the model will be a carryover until at least the 2023 model year.
Honda recently teased the new HR-V for overseas markets (called the Vezel). There, the vehicle will go through a complete makeover under the hood as well with a new hybrid motor system. As the Japanese automaker said that the U.S. will be getting its own specifically designed vehicle for its market, it’s unclear whether or not this new powertrain will be coming to the states. However, with the United States’ recent push towards electrification and Honda’s lack of electrified vehicle options, there’s a large chance the new hybrid motor will be available.
In some ways, it’s a little surprising that the HR-V is entering a new generation given that the platform-sharing Fit has been discontinued after the 2020 model year. Consumer demand for crossovers and SUVs likely secured the HR-V’s spot in Honda’s lineup. As of this writing, the HR-V is also the brand's most affordable model, followed by the all-new Civic.
Honda has yet to announce official information regarding the redesign. We expect to see some official announcements in the coming months as it has already been teased overseas. This page will be updated when more information becomes available.
Pictured: Honda Vezel (Japanese market)