2023 Honda HR-V Teased ahead of Reveal Next Month

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Photo credit: Honda
  • After providing sketches earlier this year, Honda has teased the U.S.-market Honda HR-V subcompact crossover.

  • Judging by the image of the taillight, the HR-V will have a distinct design compared to the Europe-spec HR-V.

  • The 2023 Honda HR-V will be revealed on April 4.

Last year, Honda gave Europe an all-new generation of the HR-V subcompact crossover with a standard hybrid powertrain, but in the United States, the same HR-V that first went on sale for the 2015 model year soldiered on into 2022. Now Honda is finally prepared to give Americans a fresh take on its smallest SUV, releasing a new teaser image and confirming that the 2023 HR-V will be revealed on April 4.

Photo credit: Honda
Photo credit: Honda

The 2023 HR-V was first previewed earlier this year in a pair of stylized sketches, but the new teaser shows what appears to be a production-ready body. Honda wouldn’t comment on differences between the Euro-spec and U.S.-market HR-Vs, but the image shows a distinct taillight design. Instead of the trendy full-width taillight seen on the European HR-V, the U.S. model appears to have sharp, separated units with a LED accent reminiscent of the lightning signature on the taillights of the current BMW 4-series. The bodywork also appears more sculpted than that of the European HR-V.

While Europe’s HR-V is hybrid only, the U.S. market is expected to receive pure internal-combustion versions. The engine lineup will likely mirror that of the Civic which offers the choice of a 158-hp naturally aspirated 2.0-liter or a 180-hp turbo 1.5-liter inline-four, but a hybrid also seems like a strong possibility.

The HR-V was Honda’s third most popular SUV last year, shifting just over 137,000 units, behind the CR-V (which sold more than 360,000 in 2021) and the Pilot. As Honda readies the HR-V for the U.S. market, its European arm also announced plans for three new electrified SUVs, including the next-generation CR-V with hybrid or plug-in-hybrid options. Like the HR-V, the next CR-V is likely to have a pure gasoline powertrain option in the U.S. when it goes on sale for the 2023 model year.

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