2022 Honda HR-V / Vezel

The All New 2022 Honda HR-V / Vezel.

The 2022 Honda HR-V has been officially unveiled. Honda has introduced the third generation of its HR-V subcompact crossover in Japan. Global markets will largely be getting this version of the small CUV, whereas North America is going to have its own HR-V. It is unclear whether there will be major differences between the two but in the meantime, let us have a look at the JDM-spec Vezel.

Up front, LED headlights flank a stripe pattered grille with the lighting units daytime running light strips connected across the front end by a strip of chrome trim.

At the rear, a pair of LED tail lights are connected by a full width light bar. A 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin tires fill the arches on high spec models with entry level grades featuring 16-inch wheels. The blue accents of the Honda logo and the EHV badge on the tailgate indicate there is a hybrid powertrain underneath the hood.

Inside, the new HR-V represents a significant step up over the model it replaces with the new cabin dominated by a new 9.0-inch central infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation, an inbuilt Wi-Fi hotspot and Honda Connect connected services. Another design trend we have seen in other cars has been implemented inside the HR-V where there is an apparent large air vent stretching across the width of the dashboard. Honda proprietary Magic Seats are still there to aid practicality.

Details about the crossover size have not been disclosed but we are getting the impression the new HR-V is bigger than the model it replaces. For the time being, Honda says it will offer the Vezel in Japan with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter gasoline engine part of a hybrid powertrain with real time AWD capabilities. There will also be a non-hybrid model with a 2 WD layout at a lower price tag, with specs for both variants to be released at a later date.

Honda will have the Vezel on sale in Japan this April ahead of a global launch programmed to take place later this year. The US-spec HRV is expected for the 2022 model year, so it should debut in the latter half of 2021.

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