HR-V 2023 preview

Preview of the 2023 Honda HR-V Second Generation Model

The Honda HR-V SUV dates back to 2016, and it quickly made a name for itself in the subcompact SUV niche thanks to its sheer versatility. No, its tremendous versatility. Assembled from the Fit's chassis, it took advantage of some elements related to the Fit's interior configuration, especially for maximizing cargo space. 

As we speak, a new HR-V has already been unveiled elsewhere on the planet for 2022, which immediately triggered rumours about what's to come for our next model. As is often the case, we'll have to wait a year before receiving it and we'll also have to anticipate some modifications. However, it shouldn't be anything major, so we still have a good idea of what's in store for us. 

Honda Ile-Perrot, your Honda dealer near Montreal, Valleyfield, Deux-Montagnes and Rigaud, invites you to discover an exceptional range of new Honda vehicles as well as several used Honda models. But first, let's take a look at the upcoming HR-V SUV in detail, just to whet our appetites.


Mechanics

The current HR-V is offered with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. If that seems to be enough for now, with the competition moving forward, we can safely expect to see an upgrade here.

Hence, a more dynamic engine is quite likely in order to compete with rivals in the segment such as the Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30. Yet, Honda has a few options on the table. In Japan, where the model made its debut, it's offered with a less powerful engine, a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter 4-cylinder (117 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque). We can forget about that for our North American market. 

However, hopes are up with a hybrid variant which, thanks to two electric motors, sends 129 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque to the wheels; in Europe, this is the version that will be on display. Here at home, we're still waiting for the HR-V to be designed and engineered for our markets, according to the company's American and Canadian representatives. It's hard to know what that means exactly. 

However, mechanically, Honda has the Civic's 2.0-litre 4-cylinder and 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engines in its toolbox. With 158 and 180 horsepower respectively, it would serve the next generation HR-V well. 

As for the transmissions, while it's obvious that the continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be part of the mix, we have to wonder about the fate of the manual transmission. This will depend on Honda's strategy when it comes to positioning this model on the market.

Cabin

The interior should undoubtedly show a greater similarity between what was presented in Japan and what will be available to us. The design of the dashboard does not have to be different, nor does the equipment offered. The interior configuration behind the front row should not change either. Magic Seat technology, which allows the second-row seats to virtually disappear to maximize cargo space, is what made the Fit so successful and the Honda HR-V so immediately popular. 

Driving

Over the years, Honda products have been known for their dynamic driving dynamics and focus on comfort and soundproofing. These are two elements that have been generally identified as perfectible with the current model. Both aspects will certainly be improved with the new generation model. 

As a result, we expect something more convincing in all areas. With more power, a more firmly and sporty tuned chassis, as well as improved comfort and soundproofing, the new HR-V will get all the tools to win. Our expectations aren't too high; Honda delivered bit time with the new Civic and will certainly want to do the same with the next HR-V.

More Attractive

As a bonus, we also expect a more attractive model. If it's anything like the one presented in Japan, it's already a success. Honda's new approach, more minimalist like with the Civic, adds a touch of class to the package. Stay put, the 2023 HR-V should be unveiled in 2022!

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