Honda has simply taken the wraps off the next-generation HR-V (often known as the Vezel in Japan). Should you prefer it, effectively, you’d higher purchase a airplane ticket, as a result of it isn’t coming to america. As an alternative, Honda will develop a separate model of the HR-V that Honda says can be “designed to satisfy the distinct wants of U.S. clients, and can differ from the Honda Vezel/HR-V that can be launched in different areas.”
Honda just lately discontinued the Fit in the U.S. as they changed the subcompact we know and love with a new fourth-generation model that won’t be sold here. The HR-V and the Match share the identical platform, and assuming the brand new Vezel will go the identical means, it’s not a giant shock to be taught that the brand new Match-based HR-V gained’t be provided within the U.S.
That mentioned, contemplating Honda’s quantity, and the expansion of the small-SUV section, within the U.S., it is smart to create an HR-V tailor-made to American consumers. HR-V gross sales have been up sharply for 2019, and completed out 2020 solely barely behind their 2018 determine.
So what’s the plan for an American HR-V? The current version of the HR-V will proceed on via the 2021 mannequin yr, with the brand new U.S.-specific model coming as a 2022 mannequin. Meaning we must always see it (probably as a thinly-veiled “prototype”) a while within the subsequent few months.
The HR-V wouldn’t be the primary U.S.-exclusive Honda mannequin. Honda started making separate variations of the Accord for North America and Europe/Japan within the early 2000s (with the European Accord offered right here because the Acura TSX). Honda’s largest SUVs, the Pilot and Passport, are presently unique to the North American market.