The all-new 2022 Honda HR-V (called the Vezel in Japan) has finally made its debut after a lengthy teaser campaign in its home market in Japan. Honda’s latest subcompact crossover SUV brings with it a completely minimalist design language that we’ve first seen in the all-new Honda Jazz (Fit in Japan) on which the HR-V is based.
All-new from the ground up, the 2022 Honda HR-V maintains its signature coupe-like roofline and hidden rear door handles. Compared to the previous model’s sporty looks, the all-new HR-V now has a minimalist design, focused around the theme of “Amp Up Your Life”. As a matter of fact, we’re getting a lot of Muji or Uniqlo vibes from it. Most models will come with a frameless grille design, though two style packs are available: Urban Style and Casual Style. Regardless, all variants come with LED headlights and LED taillights that run across the width of the HR-V’s tailgate.
Just like the exterior, the interior focuses on a minimalist approach of removing all the clutter and reducing driver movements while operating the vehicle. Honda’s packaging expertise has meant that despite being a subcompact SUV, the HR-V takes advantage of every inch of interior space available. Honda also spent time on making the interior feel much more premium thanks to the use of varying soft-touch materials.
In Japan, the all-new 2022 Honda HR-V is powered solely by the brand’s e:HEV hybrid powertrain. This combines a 1.5-liter inline-4 DOHC gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors. No power figures have been given yet as this vehicle is still undergoing its final stages of development. Power is then sent to either the front or all four wheels through a CVT.
As with every new car nowadays, the all-new HR-V comes with a suite of advanced driver-assist systems. Called Honda Sensing, the safety suite includes the usual automatic emergency braking, full-speed radar-guided cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and blind spot warning. Making its debut in the HR-V is a new rear automatic emergency braking feature and automatic high beams.
The all-new 2022 Honda HR-V will first go on sale in the Japanese market this April 2021, with final powertrain specifications and pricing to be announced closer to its on-sale date.