Honda Teases New HR-V With Gaping Maw

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

The teaser game continues.

Honda has sent the automotive press two teaser images of the next-generation HR-V small crossover.

And that’s all they’ve sent.

The only other details they’ve given is that the model year will be 2023. And that it will launch in North America this year.

We can see from the pics that the grille opening is quite large, the headlights and upper grille appear to be a nod to the old S2000 roadster, and the taillights appear to have an Acura influence.

The 2022 model is available for prices as low as around $21K, with upper trims falling just short of $29K.

Current models are motivated by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque, and all-wheel drive is available.

The HR-V is a bit forgotten sometimes, with the focus on Honda crossovers spread amongst the popular CR-V, the larger Pilot, and the outdoors-targeted Passport. But it’s there for entry-level buyers and/or crossover intenders who don’t need a ton of space.

And now we have a hint of what the next one will look like. Soon enough, we’ll know more.

With the North American International Auto Show moving to the fall, the next auto show is Chicago, which as of this moment, is still on. So could it be unveiled there? Or will it be elsewhere, at a later event?

We shall see.

[Images: Honda]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Matt Posky Matt Posky on Jan 13, 2022

    Love the new look... which is going to make it slightly harder to continue hating this dull little contraption. Though this might bump it up in the rankings of its similarly tragic segment.

  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on Jan 14, 2022

    Style-wise it's a clone of current Hyundai/Kia. We know that styling sells, so underpinned with Honda rep for reliability it should sell in bushel loads

  • RHD The re-paint looks like it was done with a four-inch paintbrush. As far as VWs go, it's a rebadged Seat... which is still kind of a VW, made in Mexico from a Complete Knock-Down kit. 28 years in Mexico being driven like a flogged mule while wearing that ridiculous rear spoiler is a tough life, but it has actually survived... It's unique (to us), weird, funky (very funky), and certainly not worth over five grand plus the headaches of trying to get it across the border and registered at the local DMV.
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