TOKYO — Honda will roll out two versions of the next-generation HR-V subcompact crossover: one developed for the U.S. and another for the rest of the world.
Honda wants the revamp to play a big role in electrifying the brand. In Japan, where it went on sale last week, and in Europe, the redesigned HR-V has a standard hybrid powertrain that features Honda Motor Co.'s new two-motor e:HEV technology.
In China, a full-electric cousin may be in the cards. At last week's Shanghai auto show, Honda showed the SUV e:Prototype, which previews a crossover with the same design. The vehicle goes on sale in the spring of 2022 as Honda's first EV in China.
The updated global HR-V, called the Vezel in Japan, is substantially restyled, with clean bodywork and a well-proportioned stance. It has an understated side crease running straight along the flank, in bold contrast to the dramatically curved cut lines of the current generation.
But a lingering question is how all this will translate into the next-generation HR-V for the U.S.