Last year, we talked about the all-new Honda Vezel that was launched in Japan, and eventually in Thailand. In other markets like the Philippines, the said model is also known as the HR-V. Looks-wise, this next-gen HR-V received a sleek new exterior with a subtle-looking grille. It also received more on-board tech, as well as a better-arranged interior layout.
A teaser sketch of the upcoming US-spec Honda HR-V
However, it seems that the U.S. is receiving an entirely different version of the HR-V. It is, after all, designed to meet the needs of customers in that market, according to American Honda Motor Company. The upcoming U.S.-spec HR-V will also come in a different size from its ASEAN and Japanese counterparts.
With regards to how it looks, Honda USA released several sketches of the aforementioned model, which leans more on the macho side than the Asian HR-V. It also somewhat gives off the same design vibes as the Honda Passport and Honda Ridgeline – two models sold in the North American market.
This is what the HR-V's rear end might look like for North America
This is due to the fact that the upcoming Honda HR-V will indeed follow the same design language as other high-riding models in the US. Car buyers over there are seemingly partial to macho designs, after all.
Other design details we’ve noticed on this version of the HR-V include a set of larger inlets, a sportier and more open grille, a more expansive black cladding piece for the rear. It also gets a pair of angrier-looking LED headlamps.
As for on-board tech and mechanicals, nothing was provided by the teaser. But then again, we won’t be surprised if it gets the same 1.5-liter inline-4 engine options as its ASEAN counterpart. We’ll know more about this model on its expected release sometime this year.
The Thai-spec Honda HR-V Hybrid
As a side note, Honda Philippines has yet to bring in the new Honda HR-V that’s already being made in Thailand. Its local release is highly likely to happen this year, and all we need to do now is wait.
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Know more about Honda HR-V 2022
The Honda HR-V 2022 is a 5-seater subcompact crossover that comes with a price in the Philippines that ranges from Php 1,296,000 to Php 1,515,000. Only two variants are available on this model, with the E CVT as the base and RS Navi CVT as the top-of-the-line trim. Powering this vehicle is a 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine capable of generating 140 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque. As standard, the engine is paired to a Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT),
Dimensions-wise, the HR-V has a length of 4,294 mm, a width of 1,772 mm, and a width of 1,605 mm. Also, it comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,610 mm and 185 mm, respectively. In the local market, this Honda subcompact crossover is competing against the likes of Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, and Kia Seltos.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel