2022 Honda HR-V Preview

Small SUVs are undeniably appealing. When the redesigned 2022 Honda HR-V release date arrives toward the end of the 2021 calendar year, the new crossover will undoubtedly prove itself a worthy competitor in the segment.

2022 Honda HR-V Front View European Spec

Honda revealed the 2022 HR-V in European specification. As part of the automaker’s plan to electrify all of its mainstream models in Europe by 2022, the all-new HR-V includes a standard two-motor hybrid powertrain. When the redesigned HR-V arrives in the U.S., it may offer the hybrid as an option, though it would be a pleasant surprise to see it as standard equipment in the States, too.

Why? Because the outgoing HR-V desperately needs some off-the-line oomph, and the immediate electric motor torque of a hybrid could do wonders for driver satisfaction.

As for the design, Honda says it is “coupe-inspired.” The new HR-V retains the hidden rear door handles found on the current model, pairing them with a more grown-up and sophisticated look. A longer hood, sharper lines and forms, and a better-integrated grille add much-needed maturity to the design. The new HR-V also appears lower to the ground while sitting on wheels pushed out to the corners for improved visual balance.

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Inside, the HR-V’s uncluttered cabin remains a minimalist’s dream, and Honda replaces the outgoing model’s fussy touch-sensing climate controls for proper knobs and buttons. A freestanding, tablet-style infotainment system appears to offer a larger display with a flush touchscreen surface, and there is a volume knob along with radio station tuning buttons.

2022 Honda HR-V Interior Dashboard Right Hand Drive

Honda suggests that it has improved the HR-V’s interior materials with upgraded soft-touch surfaces and new fabrics. The company says the HR-V provides “class-leading” interior space (in Europe) and offers plenty of room for four adults.

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If you’re a fan of Honda’s Magic Seats design, rest assured the popular feature returns in the 2022 HR-V. The Magic Seats add plenty of utility to the HR-V, with individual rear-seat bottom cushions that flip up to carry taller items on the floor in the second row of seats or fold flat to maximize cargo space. The split-folding rear-seat design also allows owners to mix-and-match cargo-carrying modes to meet specific requirements.

As far as safety is concerned, you can expect the new HR-V to have the latest Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, as well as an updated Honda Sensing collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS).

2022 Honda HR-V Rear View European Spec

Honda reports that the redesigned 2022 HR-V will go on sale in Europe by the end of 2021.

Honda Motor Europe Ltd. is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on February 18, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.