Honda on Monday unveiled the first look of its redesigned HR-V, which reached dealerships as a 2023 model this summer.
The new subcompact crossover has a handsome design with a long hood, LED lights on both ends and black trim that gives it an almost rough look. Don’t be surprised if Honda finally offers it to someone wearing a TrailSport badge. Honda has introduced the TrailSport grade on its updated 2022 Passport SUV, indicating that we will look to offer it on other car lines.
In the Passport, upgrades to the TrailSport grade add chunky wheels and tires, as well as some styling tweaks that give the vehicle a more solid look. There are also interior touches, such as orange accent stitching and all weather mats that can be turned off for easy cleaning.
Honda has already unveiled a newly designed HR-V for the global market but it is a different vehicle to go to the US showroom. The US-bound HR-V is built on the same platform as the latest Civic, which comes with independent rear suspension, and as a result the car features a longer wheelbase and wider position than its predecessor.
The Honda 2023 did not mention the powertrain specification for the HR-V. The outgoing model is offered exclusively with the 1.8-liter Inline-4 Good for 141 hp. It is possible that with the base engine of the redesigned HR-V Civic offered, a 2.0-liter inline-4 is better for 158 hp. A continuously variable transmission may be the only transmission option and buyers should be able to choose between front- or all-wheel drive.
Price information for the 2023 HR-V will be announced near the launch in the market.
Honda called it the “Year of the Crossover” because the automaker also plans to launch redesigned versions of the CR-V and the pilot, whose prototypes have been tested.
To learn more about the Honda HR-V, read the in-depth review here Car connection.