2022 Honda HR-V Could Be Hybrid-Only

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, Automotive Editor - February 18, 2021

Honda has just taken the wraps off the new 2022 HR-V for Europe. Before you get too excited, the stylish subcompact SUV you see here may not be the one we get in the U.S., as America is expected to get its own version. Still, this European version could hint at what’s possibly in store for our neck of the woods.

Before we dive into all of the changes that Honda made to the HR-V for the 2022 model year, here’s what the automaker had to say about the upcoming U.S.-spec HR-V earlier this month: "The development of a successor to the Honda HR-V for the U.S. market is underway," said the automaker in a statement in January. "This new HR-V will be designed to meet the distinct needs of U.S. customers, and will differ from the Honda Vezel/HR-V that will be introduced in other regions."

With that out of the way, the HR-V has been redesigned with a much more upscale design. In our eyes, this looks like something from Mazda’s designers, which is high praise. The rear end of the subcompact SUV adopts a sweeping coupe-like design, while the front end has multiple horizontal lines that make up the grille to look like something from an electric vehicle. It’s an interesting design that’s far more distinctive than the HR-V that’s currently on sale in the U.S.

Honda HR-V

The interior of the 2022 HR-V, adopts a more streamlined design. The circular steering wheel looks like it’s been adopted from the all-electric Honda E, the dashboard now has a more simplistic design, the touchscreen sits on top of the dash, and the HVAC system is now controlled with three dials. This looks like a huge step up from the current HR-V.

While the interior and exterior design of the European 2022 HR-V is a massive improvement over the HR-V that’s currently on sale in America, the largest change has taken place under the hood. At the moment, it looks like consumers in Europe will only be able to get the new HR-V with a hybrid powertrain. The subcompact SUV will come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Honda hasn’t provided concrete figures for the hybrid powertrain, but it should be similar to the one that the automaker offers in the European Fit and CR-V.

Unfortunately, while the 2022 HR-V looks amazing and the hybrid powertrain sounds intriguing, we really don’t have an idea of what’s in store for the American market. There’s a good chance the SUV will share the same overall design, but we don’t expect Honda to only offer the SUV with a hybrid powertrain in the U.S.

At the moment, there are only a few electrified subcompact SUVs on the market, which include the Subaru Crosstrek, MINI Cooper Countryman, and Lexus UX Hybrid. For the American market, Honda sells four hybrids, including the Insight, Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.

Even if Honda doesn’t bring the hybrid powertrain to the U.S., a 2022 HR-V with the same interior and exterior changes would result in a higher price tag. A hybrid engine would raise the price even more. Currently, pricing for the HR-V starts at $22,395 including destination.

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Pictured: 2022 Honda HR-V (Euro Spec)

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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