US customers are the biggest winners.
The Honda HR-V has been around since the 2016 model year and even longer in overseas markets where it's known as the Vezel. Since its introduction, the subcompact crossover segment has grown dramatically, attracting millions of buyers who continue to migrate over from conventional sedans. Due to its age, a new HR-V is just around the corner, only this time Honda is doing things a bit differently.
Honda North America has now officially confirmed the following: "The development of a successor to the Honda HR-V for the U.S. market is underway. This new HR-V will be designed to meet the distinct needs of U.S. customers, and will differ from the Honda Vezel/HR-V that will be introduced in other regions. Honda will have more information to share regarding the next-generation Honda HR-V designed for the U.S. market closer to launch."
In other words, America will be getting its own unique HR-V, a decision that'll likely pay off since the competition has grown fierce. These include the Mazda CX-3, Subaru Crosstrek, and Chevrolet Trailblazer.
We reported last week that Honda has stopped building the current HR-V and will no longer sell it in the UK market for the 2021 model year. US and UK market HR-Vs had been manufactured in Mexico, but we don't know whether the facility has stopped the HR-V assembly line entirely since Honda USA is currently advertising the 2021 model. Honda's statement, if you didn't already notice, deliberately avoided a specific launch schedule, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the next HR-V arrive for the 2022 model year.
Specific details about the vehicle remain mostly unknown, though sources claim the new HR-V will come exclusively with electrified powertrains consisting of hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, a move that's in line with Honda's decision to phase out pure combustion engines throughout its global lineup over the next few years due to increased emissions standards.
Chances are the new HR-V will be powered by the same Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 107 horsepower and 99 lb-ft of torque used in the Insight sedan. This engine is combined with a pair of electric motors with 129 hp and 197 lb-ft of twist of their own, for a combined output of 151 hp. As per Honda's statement, additional next-gen HR-V details will drop in the coming months.