And it looks pretty sleek.
Last month we reported that Honda had stopped production of its popular subcompact crossover SUV the HR-V, which arrived in the US back in 2016. The good news however is that the HR-V will be all-new for 2022, and Honda North America has confirmed that the new car will make its way to our shores. Details about the new car have been scarce, with Honda only making vague comments regarding the new car's powertrain options and whispering about reveal dates, but now we get a solid look at this upcoming SUV: newly revealed patent images for the Honda HR-V shows a sleek design which is eye-catching, to say the least.
The patent images, which were leaked online, show off the full design of the next-generation Honda HR-V. It's clear to see that it sports a much sleeker shape than the model it will replace, and falls in line with some of Honda's more current models. From the front, the new design shows off a large diamond-patterned grille flanked by a set of attractive LED headlights. A chrome strip runs through the design and connects the two LED daytime-running light strips. From the side, a smooth profile shows off the HR-V's trademark 'hidden' door handles.
Moving to the rear end, the new HR-V shows off a slim set of LED taillights that stretch unbroken from one side of the car to the other. A very subtle rear diffuser and rear roof spoiler tie things up neatly. The few interior shots we have seen reveals that a tablet-style infotainment screen with Apple Wireless CarPlay will be present in the cockpit. The HR-V will make its way to Europe as a dual-motor hybrid and is expected to use the same Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 107 horsepower and 99 lb-ft of torque that powers the Insight sedan. Paired with two electric motors, the total power output will be around 151 hp. The all-new HR-V will make its debut on February 18 2021.