On the skin, the brand new Vezel seems fairly nifty. The traces are clear and taught, and it is notably extra engaging than the present HR-V. The identical is true for the inside. The steering wheel seems prefer it’s straight out of the Honda-E (another foreign Honda product we’d love to see here) and the dashboard design is each minimal and clear. The HR-V that we get will probably put on an identical design however just isn’t anticipated to be a carbon copy of the Euro-market mannequin.
Honda says the inside quantity of the brand new Vezel/HR-V matches that of its predecessor, which suggests cabin house ought to stay quite beneficiant regardless of the compact SUV’s diminutive exterior dimensions. Different niceties embody fold-flat seats, a brand new air diffusion system that creates a “curtain of air” each alongside and above passengers, and high-end-looking supplies all through.
Energy comes courtesy of a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. Honda’s quite scant about particulars, however an identical setup powers the CR-V Hybrid. In that utility, a 2.0-liter I-Four works with two electrical motors—one to start out the engine and one other to energy the SUV. The CR-V Hybrid makes 212 hp mixed and nets an EPA-rated 40/35/38 metropolis/freeway/mixed MPG.
Will that be the powertrain we get within the U.S.-market 2022 HR-V? Perhaps. That mentioned, if it does discover its manner underneath our HR-V’s hood, it’d probably be joined by a conventional gas-powered engine possibility. Probably the turbocharged 1.5-liter I-Four discovered within the likes of the Civic and Accord. We nonetheless aren’t certain in regards to the timing of the brand new HR-V, however we count on to see the U.S.-spec mannequin earlier than the top of the 12 months.