Honda's smallest SUV enters its second generation with notable changes. While the previous HR-V used the same platform as the now discontinued Fit hatchback, Honda says the new compact SUV has the same platform as the Civic. It has a longer wheelbase and an independent rear suspension.
All Honda says about the drivetrain is that the new HR-V will have a "more responsive engine," and we assume the Civic's 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four engine will be under the hood to replace the old HR-V's 141-hp 1.8-liter inline-four. Front-wheel drive will be standard and all-wheel drive will be optional, with the transmission to be a CVT automatic transmission only. The HR-V Hybrid is also likely to join the lineup, though it may come later than the gas-only version.
Honda has not yet released photos or information about the interior of the HR-V. The LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L interior trim levels of the current model will likely be retained. As for the exterior, Honda has released a video showing the new HR-V in several colors: red, gray, silver, black and white. Prices are expected to increase slightly from the HR-V's current starting price of $23,095, and loaded all-wheel-drive models will cost more than $30,000. More information will come in the next few months before the 2023 HR-V goes on sale.
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