By on January 13, 2022


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]

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26 Comments on “Honda Teases New HR-V With Gaping Maw...”

  • avatar

    Depending on how well I fit into this, and the engine transmission that Honda will offer, this may be my next car. The CR-V is just a bit too big for my current driving (all in city) and I don’t need to spend $30K++ for a vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      I am in the exact same boat. A friend has a current CRV, and I’ve driven them, but they are big for what I need. I’m sure his is the base FWD model, but still there’s kind of a cheapness to the interior that is not appealing. Tinny doors, basic plastics, fabric seats showing wear/pilling already, etc.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The mouth on that rendering doesn’t look big to me. $0.02

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      Not compared to the 2022 Toyota Tundra anyway.

    • 0 avatar

      “The mouth on that rendering doesn’t look big to me”

      Agreed. It does appear that this style of snout is a trend.

    • 0 avatar

      I dislike the frequent use of low perspective, wide angle shots for cars. It distorts the appearance of the car and makes the closer elements look much larger than they are when viewed from a normal human height and with human eyes. You would have to be down on one knee and using a special lens to see a car like this.

      It gets used because it makes for more dramatic photos but people don’t realize how distorted it is. This rendering is not a photo, but it uses the same photographic technique with a virtual camera.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Honda is falling behind its competitors . . . in maw size.

  • avatar

    I hope this one has more refinement and less road noise. The current one isn’t a great pick even in this sorry segment.

  • avatar

    They already launched the non-NA version last year. This appears to be a much different design–anyone know if it’s using the same platform?

    • 0 avatar

      I like the sleeker uncluttered look of the non-NA version, and I figured this just has a trucky/jeepy front clip, because US. But you’re right, this appears to have windows aft of the rear doors, so maybe its different platform or they stretched it a few inches. If they made it quieter and more refined, I’m intrigued. Especially if some of the interior styling from the new Civic translates.

      • 0 avatar

        Agreed: non-NA looks better, but this will probably have more useful interior space. At least that’s what I assume whenever something is tailored for our market. I thought the industry was moving away from different models/platforms for different markets, but I guess Honda knows what they’re doing.

        • 0 avatar

          ” …more useful interior space… whenever something is tailored for our market.”

          If that were true Honda would have offered the Fit/Jazz Shuttle here.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve heard whispers of using a Civic platform this time. It would definitely help improve the ride and the handling, but at the cost of interior space. We shall see.

  • avatar

    I like it.

  • avatar

    It looks great. It is a Honda. It will be a winner.

  • avatar

    Wasn’t this model a POS… why is this still a thing?

    “But it’s there for entry-level buyers and/or crossover intenders who don’t need a ton of space.”

    So, a small sedan?

  • avatar

    Maybe it’s for people who would be happy in a civic but want to spend more and get worse gas mileage .

  • avatar

    Good news: it looks better.
    Bad news: subcompact CUVs generally suck.

    A Si version would be interesting, though.

  • avatar

    I will be watching the crash ratings especially carefully. When the IIHS recently increased the weight of the sled used to evaluate side impacts, the current HR-V did not do well. The B pillar tore loose and allowed intrusion into the cabin. So now even with a good new design Honda has multiple bars to jump with the new HR-V: engine/transmission performance; sound insulation; quality of interior materials and crash worthiness. Good luck to them, since I, and others, are nibbling at their hook in the pond.

    • 0 avatar

      Interesting tidbit about IIHS. I had not heard of that yet. I wonder if the heavier sled is a steady trend in response to more and more suv’s and trucks or if it is a response the the ultra heavy EV’s entering the market?

  • avatar
    Matt Posky

    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.

  • avatar

    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

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