A redesigned model is just around the corner.
The Honda HR-V arrived in the US for the 2016 model year and has been a huge success ever since. The subcompact crossover rides on the same global platform underpinning the now-discontinued Honda Fit. But unlike the Fit, Honda has no plans to drop the nameplate in America but will rather completely redesign it.
Autocar reports the Japanese automaker has discontinued the current generation HR-V, at least from the UK market lineup. It is no longer being advertised on the country's Honda website, though a quick check of the Honda USA website confirms a 2021 model is now on sale. The HR-V for the US and UK markets is manufactured in Mexico and we suspect Honda UK decided to end its supply run early.
The HR-V will be all-new for 2022, coming exclusively with electrified powertrains consisting of hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. An all-electric variant could arrive at a later date as well. Honda intends to phase out pure internal combustion engines throughout its entire lineup in the coming years due to growing emissions standards. In Europe, this change will happen sometime next year. As we recently reported, the next-generation Civic Type R will be the last all-new Honda to be combustion-engined-only.
The all-new HR-V will have some big shoes to fill as the outgoing model is the largest and most spacious vehicle in its class. Its only engine option, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque, is a bit underwhelming.
A hybrid assist system in the new model, combined with a new engine, should fix that. We suspect this will come in the form of the Insight sedan's Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 107 hp and 99 lb-ft. Additional power comes from a pair of electric motors with 129 hp and 197 lb-ft. Combined, the Insight has 151 hp on tap.
A recent rendering based on spy shots shows the 2022 HR-V as a far more handsome crossover with styling taken directly from the Insight. The large front grille and fascia are immediate standouts. An expected black roof option will help give it an even sportier look. The outgoing 2021 HR-V may even soon have some enticing incentives to help dealers clear out stock ahead of the redesigned model's arrival.