2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV hybrid launched, U.S. awaits a modified spec

The highly anticipated 2022 Honda HR-V (2021 Honda Vezel) debuted in Japan on 18 February. The new small SUV comes fitted with an e:HEV hybrid system almost across the entire range in its first market, where it went on sale this month.

2022 Honda HR-V design

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Inspired by the Honda SUV e:concept, the global 2022 Honda HR-V (codename: Honda NX) flaunts a bold styling with the notably steeper back glass that makes it seem sportier, with visibly slimmer tail lamps further differentiating the posterior. The all-new model looks sportier thanks to the heightened coupe-esque styling at the rear and SUV-like from its upright front-end and straight character lines. It’s impressive that the designers managed to balance the solid SUV stance with a coupe-like hunchback appearance.

The 2022 Honda HR-V sports a distinctive design mash-up of traditional SUVs and modern crossovers. It has a tougher front-end featuring a noticeably larger, hexagonal radiator grille, an inverted V-shape flattish hood set higher, and sharper headlamps.

On the sides, the 2022 Honda HR-V has a bigger greenhouse and a straighter roofline that generally improve outside visibility and headroom, respectively, for the rear passengers. The rear-end look is the opposite of the front and sides, featuring an extremely rakish windscreen for that sporty look typical of SUV coupes. Like the headlamps, the rear combination clusters are sleek and connected, giving the vehicle a bolder styling.

As for the interior, the Honda HR-V has gone on a diet to free up more space and look poised. The sleeker dashboard has a major contribution to this, and the freestanding central display being the immediate next in the list. Repeating customers will appreciate the new dual-zone climate control panel with physical controls with rotating dials. The side AC vent controls come with similar but smaller knobs that contribute to the minimalist theme while providing more convenience. The steering wheel and instrument panel look smaller than those of the old Honda HR-V.

2022 Honda HR-V interior dashboard Vezel
The all-new Honda HR-V should have a more spacious interior than the outgoing car. Image Source: Honda

2022 Honda HR-V features

The 2022 Honda HR-V is equipped with a plethora of new features to attract young and tech-savvy customers. On the outside, it has LED headlights with LED DRL that double as LED sequential turn indicators, LED active cornering lights, hidden rear door handles, and full-width LED rear lights.

Main interior equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, 9-inch Honda Connect touchscreen infotainment system and Honda digital key support, and wireless charger. Unlike many other small SUVs, the 2022 Honda HR-V does not have a configurable virtual instrument panel or a head-up display. Depending on the trim, the traditional instrument panel comprises either a 4.2- or 7-inch driver information display.

The global 2022 HR-V is sold in Japan in four trims, one gasoline (G FWD/AWD) and three gasoline-electric hybrid (X FWD/AWD, Z FWD/AWD, and Play FWD).

2022 Honda HR-V colors

2022 Honda HR-V colors2022 Honda HR-V PLay colors
Premium Sunlight White Pearl [Paid]Premium Sunlight White Pearl with Black Roof [Paid]
Crystal Black PearlCrystal Black Pearl with Silver Roof
Platinum White Pearl [Paid]Midnight Blue Beam Metallic with Silver Roof [Paid]
Meteoroid Gray Metallic [Paid]Meteoroid Gray Metallic with Black Roof [Paid]
Sand Khaki Pearl [Paid]Sand Khaki Pearl with Black Roof [Paid]
Premium Crystal Red Metallic [Paid]
Features\GradeG FWD/4WDe:HEV X FWD/4WDe:HEV Z FWD/4WDe:HEV PLaY FWD
Full LED headlightsYesYesYesYes
LED sequential turn indicators (front)NoNoYesYes
LED fog lightsYesYesYesYes
LED active cornering lightsNoNoYesNo
16-inch alloy wheelsYesYesNoNo
18-inch alloy wheelsNoNoYesYes
Panoramic roofNoNoNoYes
Hands-free access power tailgateNoNoYesYes
Heated front seatsYes (4WD-only)Yes (4WD-only)YesYes
Genuine leather-wrapped steering with heaterNoNoYesYes
Touch-enabled LED cabin lightsYesYesYesYes
60:40 split rear seatsYesYesYesYes
Hill Descent ControlYesYesYesYes
Honda SensingYesYesYesYes
Honda CONNECT for Gathers + special package for navigation installationYesYesYesNo
Honda CONNECT display + ETC2.0 on-board unitNoNoNoYes
Wireless chargerNoNoNoYes
Two fast-charging USB ports for rear seatsNoNoYesYes
Exclusive color-coding for exterior & interior elementsNoNoNoYes

2022 Honda HR-V specification

The gas-powered 2022 Honda HR-V G makes use of a newly developed ‘L15Z’ 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 87 kW (117 hp) and 142 Nm (105 Lb.-Ft.). The engine is mated to a CVT as standard, and it’s the same unit employed in the fourth-gen Honda Fit but with a lower gear ratio.

The 2022 Honda HR-V Hybrid X/Z/Play features a hybrid powertrain that combines the ‘LEC’ 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine and two electric motors. The engine produces 78 kW (105 hp) and 127 Nm (94 Lb.-Ft.), while the propulsion motor, internally called ‘H5,’ generates 96 kW (129 hp) and 253 Nm (187 Lb.-Ft.).

Honda says that it has moved the power control unit of the HR-V from under the trunk to the engine compartment and increased the number of Lithium-ion battery cells from 48 to 60. Sport, Normal, Econ, and B (stronger regeneration) are the available drive modes. The all-new model drives on electric power from the start, and when the engine is under high-torque demand, it switches to hybrid power. At “higher, more constant speeds,” the gasoline engine is responsible for the drive.

Both gasoline and hybrid variants can be purchased in FWD or AWD.

Aspect2021 Honda HR-V Specification2022 Honda HR-V Specification (Expected)Difference
Length4,330 mm (170.5 in.)4,450 mm (175.2 in.)+120 mm (+4.7 in.)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in.)1,780 mm (70.1 in.)+10 mm (+0.5 in.)
Height1,605 mm (63.2 in.)1,600 mm (63.0 in.)-5 mm (-0.2 in.)
Wheelbase2,610 mm (102.8 in.)2,630 mm (103.5 in.)+20 mm (+0.8 in.)
Ground Clearance185 mm (7.3 in.)185 mm (7.3 in.)

USA & Canada to get a version of the 2022 Honda HR-V

With the previous generation Honda Fit exiting the U.S. market without replacement, the next-gen Honda HR-V is a crucial launch for the Japanese brand. The version of the HR-V covered in this story is what markets worldwide get this year, but not the U.S. or Canada. Honda’s spokespersons have told carscoops.com that a different next-gen HR-V is heading to the North American markets.

US-spec 2022 Honda HR-V rendering
The North American 2022 Honda HR-V (rendered with a conventional roof and storage compartment) could be a more practical car with improved space levels. Image Source: behance.net/KDesign AG

According to Honda’s American press office, the HR-V’s successor “will be designed to meet the distinct needs of U.S. customers.” Honda’s Canadian press office said the same about their next-gen HR-V, replacing “U.S. customers” with “Canadians.” Expect details to follow mid-year on the adaptations in store, particularly the cabin.

The North American 2022 Honda HR-V could be space-focused compared to the global model. Honda could rework it for additional cargo volume and seating space as customers in the U.S. and Canada seek a practical car in this segment, preferring it over style. With the Fit discontinued in this region, there is pressure on Honda to renew the surviving subcompact model right.

2022 Honda HR-V FAQs

What is the 2022 Honda HR-V release date?

Expect Honda to present the new HR-V in the United States in late 2021. Globally, the new HR-V has just touched Japanese dealers.

What will be the 2022 Honda HR-V price?

The next-gen Honda HR-V’s prices may start at around $23,000.

Which SUVs will the 2022 Honda HR-V rival?

The next-gen Honda HR-V will compete with the Toyota C-HR and the VW Taos.

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