Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

The third generation Honda HR-V was unveiled last year, but it was the version for everyone outside of North America. Here, Honda is planning an HR-V with a slightly different style and a later release date because we are special. Honda released teaser images of the 2023 HR-V on Thursday.

Honda did not release much else, but it said the 2023 HR-V “will be launched in North America this year.” It will likely be hybrid, or at least have it as an option, like the global HR-V. However, we do not know the price or other specifications.

The styling for North America is more overland-y than the global HR-V. This is a car for people who are snowboarders – or at least people who like to think of themselves as snowboarders. Getting more rugged is generally what Honda wants you to think about its SUVs and crossovers these days, in the age of the new Ford Broncos. Which is fine, but I sometimes think car designers are convinced that all car buyers live in Southern California and spend weekends in the mountains. If only we could all be so lucky.

Photo: Honda

In any case, Honda sold 137,090 HR-Vs in the US last year, an increase of 63 percent year-on-year from 2020, which I am still trying to embrace.

Versions of the car date from the late 90s, but it was first sold in the US in 2015, as a 2016 model, after debuting in LA in 2014 – an event so exciting that we did not even bother to blog it. The HR-V’s appeal today is mainly its price, as it starts at $ 21,870 ($ 29,964), which is cheaper than a Civic. The HR-V is probably also intended for those who miss the Honda Fit, which Honda no longer sells here because Honda says they are more interested in “making money.” That is what we deserve instead.

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