A new Honda HR-V e:HEV has arrived in Europe, and Honda has announced that the next model of the subcompact SUV will be available in the United States as well. We’re not sure how different the US-spec version would look like at this stage. However, we believe this European variant gives us a clear idea of how the HR-V could look like in North America.
The e:HEV is a model for Europe and it will run on a two-motor electric setup. The sales should begin later in 2021 and the subcompact SUV will cost more than the outgoing model. It is the next-gen model, so we expect to see a lot of significant changes. That includes both visual upgrades and numerous interior updates.
2022 HR-V e:HEV Design
The new-gen 2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV will look refreshed and very modern. This European variant won’t largerly depart from the model in the United States, for sure. Both variants are expected to gain a more distinctive styling, especially on the front fascia. New grille and headlights are very attractive and this small SUV will also introduced a sloped rear hatch.
The result is a good-looking SUV with sporty character and sharper lines. A 17-inch wheels are standard, while trim levels such as Sport will offer 18-inch rims. Unfortunately, HR-V e:HEV won’t offer a power tailgate, as some sources reported. This may become an issue, as rivals such as Mazda CX-30 are offering power tailgate as an option.
On the inside, the 2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV keeps the same layout. This means the model comes with the spacious rear seat and cargo area with the so-called “magic seats.” The seats fold flat into the floor and allow you to flip up the bottom cushion. The dashboard is clear and tidy, with a tablet-style infotainment panel in the middle and three knobs for temperature control below.
All trim levels are available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi and in-dash navigation. Honda will also improve the safety, by adding new driver-assistance aids. That includes systems such as lane-departure warning, auto emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
At this point, the carmaker only said the 2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV will use a two-motor setup. The same powertrain will be used by some other models such as CR-V and Accord. We wouldn’t be shocked to see an HR-V hybrid enter the US lineup as well, but it would almost certainly come standard with a conventional gasoline engine.
The turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four used in the Civic, CR-V, and Accord seems to be the most likely outcome, with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option. As for this two-motor configuration, Honda is yet to announce more details.
2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV Price, Release Date
The price of the upcoming 2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV is not available at the moment. This small SUV starts at around $23,000 in the United States. Similar price is expected in Europe, but this two-motor variant will cost slightly above that, for sure. The Japanese automaker will launch this model by the end of the year.