The 2023 Honda HR-V will debut later this year, and here are the first official teaser images of the new model. The automaker calls it “the year of the crossover”.
These are just drawings of the new HR-V, but it’s still possible to draw conclusions about the styling. The front is more aggressive than the current model with a more prominent lower fairing, and the black elements in the corners are probably more aesthetic than the actual entrances. The grille in the center of the HR-V’s face has an octagonal shape with an S-shaped mesh pattern.
The headlights have a more square shape than the current HR-V (see comparison below). The lamps are on raised sections of the front end and the rest of the hood is lower.
At the rear, the new HR-V appears to have a steeper rake for the rear pillar which could make the model appear more elegant. The new taillights have smoother lines and are less angular than the existing model. A revised bumper moves the reflectors higher and adds an element of body color closer to the ground.
The HR-V for the North American market is different from the version available in other markets. In a statement in early 2021, Honda said, “This new HR-V will be designed to meet the distinct needs of US customers and will differ from the Honda Vezel / HR-V which will be introduced in other regions.”
With the Fit leaving the lineup in the United States for the 2020 model year, Honda repositioned the HR-V and the Civic Hatchback to be the entry points into the brand’s lineup. The automaker even decided to increase production of the HR-V. It was a smart move as there were 137,090 deliveries in 2021, which is a 63.1% jump from 2020.
Honda’s teaser offers absolutely no technical details about the new HR-V, and there are no images of the cabin either. Considering the 2023 model year, expect the latest generation of the crossover in the United States to debut in the first half of the year.