Honda lays out product plans: HR-V and more coming this year

1/13/2022 5:27:00 PM

Honda, Acura lay out future plans: HR-V and more coming in 2022:

Honda, Acura lay out future plans: HR-V and more coming in 2022:

Honda HR-V will lead Honda's major product plans for 2022 that include crossover SUVs, even a new Accord. Plug-in hybrids aren't part of the plans, though.

Automakers and PR representatives are notoriously tight-lipped about upcoming vehicles.Last year, Ford dominated the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) awards, with the F-150 winning best truck, Mustang-Mach-E winning best ute, and the Hyundai Elantra rounding out the podium as the best car.Comment Now! Honda on Thursday provided a first look at its redesigned HR-V in a pair of teaser sketches.Comment Now! Honda on Thursday provided a first look at its redesigned HR-V in a pair of teaser sketches.

The infamous line that all of us in the car news business are familiar with is,"We cannot comment on future product." But this week, Honda opened up a little bit and laid out its big reveals for the coming year, and it's going to be a busy one.The 2022 Honda Civic, which is again available as a sedan or hatchback, beat out the new Volkswagen GTI and Golf R, as well as the all-electric Lucid Air luxury sedan as finalists for this year’s car category.It all starts with the 2023 Honda HR-V, shown in the renderings above.Honda introduced the TrailSport grade on its updated 2022 Passport crossover , and has hinted that we'll see it offered on other models.The company didn't share a whole lot of details since it was focusing on the broad product plans, but it did note that it will be"unique to North America.The updates made were practical and useful, without diminishing the car’s personable character that makes it so popular." It's not clear if it's just styling, which is abundantly obvious compared to the European HR-V and Japanese Vezel shown below, or if it will have a different platform and powertrains.There are interior touches, too, such as orange accent stitching and all-weather mats that can be hosed off for easy cleaning.

We suspect the latter, since looking at the renderings, not only does it have a meaner, more aggressive look, but the glass in the greenhouse is different, as are the door handles.The 2022 Ford Maverick won out over the all-electric Rivian R1T and its more direct competitor, the Hyundai Santa Cruz.Teaser for the 2023 Honda HR-V Honda unveiled a redesigned HR-V for global markets in early 2021 but this isn't the vehicle headed to U.The HR-V is only the start of the big product rollout.More SUVs follow starting with the new CR-V, and then the new Pilot.The Maverick thoroughly impressed us on our first drive.A new Accord is coming, and of course there's the imminent Civic Type R.The version for the U.Acura's rollout is a bit more modest, with the big launches being the new Integra and the Type-S version of the MDX.The 2022 Ford Bronco faced some stiff competition from the Genesis GV70 and electric Hyundai Ioniq 5.S.

Plug-in hybrids aren't part of the plan There's one thing that Honda isn't including in its plans, and that's plug-in hybrids.When asked why, American Honda's executive Vice President of National Operations Dave Gardner noted that public and governmental feelings have moved from just reducing emissions to eliminating them entirely.They don’t come closes to the Bronco’s off-road ability and factory customization, though.It will also have unique styling, and most likely a unique powertrain.As such, the time and effort to develop plug-in hybrids doesn't make sense when that could be applied to fully electric cars.Conventional, non-plug-in hybrids are still planned, and Honda is expecting ever increasing hybrid sales in the next few years.“But we’re also proud because these awards are well-deserved recognition for the tremendous amount of work, focus and energy our teams have invested in designing, engineering and building exciting vehicles for our customers.The company is expecting half of Accord sales will eventually be hybrid.It's possible the redesigned HR-V is offered with the Civic's base engine, a 2.It's possible the redesigned HR-V is offered with the Civic's base engine, a 2.

As for Acura, hybrids aren't planned to be a big part of sales, with the brand jumping straight to EVs.” Honda hadn’t released a statement as of this writing.Speaking of EVs, Honda's first North American electric car is still planned to be the Prologue.It's the electric model that's going to be based on a General Motors product.EVs that made the semifinalist list included the Lucid Air and Mercedes-Benz EQS cars, GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T pickups, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and VW ID.Honda calls this the “year of the crossover” as the automaker also plans to launch redesigned versions of the.It's slated for the 2024 model year, and Honda is anticipating around 70,000 annual sales for it to start.Acura will get a counterpart to the Prologue, which may be named ADX.“This year’s group of semifinalists includes some of the most interesting and innovative cars, trucks and utility vehicle candidates in recent memory,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg, “and a larger number of new trucks than we’ve seen in many years.

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2023 Honda HR-V teased with rugged looksA redesigned HR-V is coming in 2022 alongside redesigned versions of the CR-V and Pilot.

2023 Honda HR-V teased with rugged looksA redesigned HR-V is coming in 2022 alongside redesigned versions of the CR-V and Pilot.

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