This third generation of Honda’s Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle has arrived, and it’s a hybrid. The new, 2022 Honda HR-V advances the look of Honda design as well, showing off fresh design language.
The new HR-V features a boldly designed grille area. It’s integrated into the car’s entire body, beginning at the face of the car and blending through the SUV’s elongated hood. The classic Honda “H” logo sits in the center of the upright grille.
The 2022 HR-V is the second Honda to wear the e:HEV badge, which denotes a hybrid powertrain). The first was the Honda Jazz. In the U.S., the Jazz was called the Fit, but it was discontinued recently, before the new generation made it to the country’s shores.
Though not detailed as part of the new model announcement, Honda is likely to give the HR-V the same powertrain as the Jazz. That’s a 1.5-liter engine paired with two electric motors and a fixed gear transmission. There, the result is about 40 less horsepower than the U.S. version of the 2020 HR-V has, but 50 additional pound-feet of torque. The second-generation HR-V was often criticized for being slow off the line, so the extra torque would help there and would likely make up for any perceived horsepower shortfall.
In the Jazz, there’s three drive modes: Hybrid, Electric, and Engine. Those could be carried over to the new HR-V.
A coupe-like roofline leads to a small rear window. The liftgate looks narrower in the new generation than it is in the last, especially at its bottom.
Well-designed packaging allows the HR-V to retain class-leading interior space. Honda has equipped the model with soft-touch materials to create a more modern in-cabin aesthetic. Minimalistic design helps the cabin feel large.
Honda has divulged that the HR-V will continue to have the company’s Magic Seats, which are able to fold flat or flip up, allowing the crossover to delivery more flexibility than many of its competitors.
Availability in the U.K. is set to start later this year. When and if the new model is coming to the U.S. has yet to be announced. Count on the HR-V jumping across the pond. The company sold nearly 100,000 HR-Vs in the U.S. in 2019 and just over 84,000 in 2020.