Styling from the Insight, and possibly a power upgrade, too.
Honda introduced its subcompact HR-V crossover to the United States back in 2015, meaning the model is likely due to be replaced sometime soon. The 2020 Honda HR-V has the benefit of being the largest and most spacious vehicle in its class, though we'd like to see it get a little more power. In the US, Honda only offers the car with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder producing 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque while Europe receives a turbocharged version producing 180 hp.
The US may never receive the turbocharged HR-V but what if Honda increased the power some other way? Rendering artist Kleber Silva has just revealed his interpretation of a 2022 HR-V and it gave us an interesting idea.
The rendering clearly takes inspiration from the Honda Insight, which is a hybrid sedan. This 2022 HR-V borrows the front fascia, headlights, grille, taillights, and wheel pattern from its hybrid sibling and even tosses in a Toyota-inspired black roof for some additional sporty flavor. The Insight is already a very attractive vehicle so its design elements translate rather well on a crossover.
No powertrain specifications were given with the rendering but we assume it would borrow the engine and hybrid system from the Insight. It wouldn't be a massive power increased but the Insight's 1.5-liter gas engine and electric motors combine to produce 151 hp, around 10 hp more than the current HR-V.
This certainly wouldn't be the turbocharged HR-V we were hoping for but it would be more efficient than the current model, which achieves up to 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The Insight can achieve up to 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway, though those numbers would have to be reduced a bit due to the HR-V's ride height and additional weight. A new HR-V will likely arrive in the next year or two and we hope it looks like this rendering.