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February 18, 2021

2022 Honda HR-V Makes Global Debut

After a short tease, Honda has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new 2022 HR-V. Like the Japanese market Fit, the third-generation HR-V takes on a human-centric design approach, hoping that it’ll meet the expectations of its would-be owners.

The all-new HR-V retains its key features such as the coupe-like roofline and hidden rear door handle, but as a whole, takes a much more restrained approach. The key design theme surrounds horizontal lines, and for that it looks wider and more planted than its predecessor.

The front is decidedly more upright, dominated by a large body-colored grille with thin horizontal slats. Honda designers say this is intentional to give the HR-V a much more solid appearance. Meanwhile, the LED headlights have been reduced to mere slits giving it a sleeker look, while at the back, the new taillights extend to the entire length of the tailgate. The tailgate itself has been designed for easier opening and closing compared to the current model with the license plate location blended seamlessly in.

Designed around Honda’s “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” concept, the all-new HR-V focuses on reducing driver movement during operation. The overall shape also increases available interior space, while also promoting increased levels of visibility. New soft-touch materials and colors give it a sense of premium-ness. Interior features include a breeze outlet that diffuses the air blowing out of the AC vents for a more comfortable experience, rear ventilation ducts with a USB charging port, and even a panoramic sunroof.

The 2022 HR-V now runs exclusively on a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine coupled to a CVT gearbox. Honda has yet to release official power figures, but expect the pure gasoline engined version to make 121 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque, similar to the all-new Honda City. The star of the show though is the e:HEV which pairs that engine with a two-motor hybrid system with 109 horsepower and 253 Nm of torque. Driver selectable modes with three settings: Normal, Sport, and Eco is standard. For the Japanese market, the HR-V is available in both 2WD and AWD configurations.

The HR-V also adopts the latest Honda SENSING driver assist tech. Using a wide-view front camera and high-speed data processor, it adds even more driving aids such as adaptive cruise control with traffic jam stop/go function, collision mitigation braking, off-road deviation suppression, and lane keep assist. It also debuts rear collision mitigation braking and automatic high beam assist.

The all-new Honda HR-V, also known as Vezel, arrives in Japanese showrooms first in April 2021. Other markets will follow soon thereafter.


  1. Wait a minute... Is that a Mazda??? LOL

  2. What is happening with Honda? even chinese made vehicles are better looking than this

    1. Because Honda IS making better looking vehicles than the chinese ones.

    2. They're making designs that will age better. The old HR-V was very bold now it looks rather old

  3. When can we expect to see more hybrids, plug-in hybrids, BEVs, and hopefully fuel cell cars on local roads?


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