All-new Honda HR-V slated for US launch this year

All-new Honda HR-V slated for US launch this year

MANILA: American Honda has released teaser images of the 2023 HR-V. While the third-generation HR-V has been launched in other markets, the US will get a different version of subcompact crossover this year, the carmaker announced. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Why is the U.S market getting a unique Honda HR-V compared to other market?

    At present, American Honda only said that its HR-V has been designed to cater to the U.S market.
  • What is the difference between the U.S. market HR-V and the global car?

    Based on American Honda's teaser, the company's HR-V will likely wear unique styling.
  • At the moment, Honda has yet to elaborate on the differences of the US-spec HR-V against its global counterpart. American Honda said in a statement that its "new HR-V will be designed to meet the distinct needs of US customers." 

    In Honda's US lineup, the 2023 HR-V will reportedly be the entry-level offering alongside the hatchback version of the all-new Civic. The Jazz/Fit will be phased-out in the US. 

    Based on the teaser images, the US-market 2023 HR-V (main photo and below) wears a comparatively different design, featuring bigger headlamps and a blacked-out, angular grille that is set lower in the fascia.

    2023 Honda HR-V

    On the side, a window on the C-pillar is added to the American HR-V, while its tail lights are now made in two pieces, in contrast to the global HR-V's (below) one piece design. 

    Honda HR-V

    American Honda said it "will have more information to share regarding the... Honda HR-V designed for the US market closer to launch." Given the statement, the carmaker has not yet revealed the technical specifications or interior photos of the 2023 HR-V. 

    As for the global HR-V, it is powered by e:Hev hybrid technology, which comprised of two compact electric motors connected to a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine. 

    Honda HR-V

     

    In terms of styling, Honda described the global HR-V's as "coupe-inspired" with slim windows and flush rear door handles. Ground clearance is up by 10 millimeters, and roof height is trimmed by 20 millimeters compared to the previous HR-V (which is still on sale here in the Philippines). 

    Inside, the global HR-V features "Magic Seat" seating configurations, which offers both fold-flat or flip-up seat flexibility, depending on load space required.

    Honda HR-V

    The Honda Sensing safety kit is also fitted to the global HR-V. The Honda Sensing includes Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System and Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS). Upon detecting oncoming vehicles crossing the path of the car, including cyclists and motorcycles, CMBS applies the brakes to avoid collision. 

    Photos from American Honda, Honda

    Also read: Honda holds ‘Bank Partner Sale’ from Jan. 17-23

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