Honda HR-V Larger SUV Previewed
Honda has teased an all-new SUV based on the Civic’s underpinnings. This new SUV will be known as the Honda HR-V, and it will initially be available only in North America. Honda already sells an HR-V in many international markets, but the version shown here shares very few features with the current model.
As we previously reported, the Honda HR-V teased by these sketches is the Civic-based SUV Honda has been developing for a few international markets, including North America. This model of the HR-V will be available in other markets later this year.
In terms of styling, the HR-V depicted in these sketches appears to have almost nothing in common with the model already on the market in some markets.The 2023 HR-V features a distinctive front design, including a large octagonal grille with an S-shaped mesh design, a more prominent and aggressive-looking bumper, and what appear to be faux inlets at each corner. The headlamps are slightly larger and squarer than the current HR-rounded V’s units.
The Honda HR-V retains its traditional rounded shape on the sides, but the model shown will be longer, with a different rear door and more cargo space. The rear styling is also distinct, with a wider tailgate and much larger wraparound tail-lamp units. The rear bumper has also been beefed up and features prominent black cladding to give the SUV a more rugged appearance.
Under the hood, we anticipate that the 2023 HR-V will use the same petrol-hybrid engine and transmission options as the current Civic sedan in the North American market.
The previous-generation HR-V was supposed to arrive in India in 2019, but the plan was scrapped just a few months before the market launch. While Honda later replaced the HR-V with an all-new model around the world, the SUV never made it to India. In India, Honda’s current lineup includes the recently facelifted Amaze compact sedan, the Jazz, the WR-V, and the popular City sedan.
Honda is working on a Creta-rivaling SUV for India, but it will be some time before it is available. The brand recently unveiled a new BR-V-based RS SUV concept in Indonesia, and while that concept is said to preview a Creta rival overseas, what Honda has planned for India in the future remains to be seen.