For the first time, we are getting to see the full exterior of the 2023 Honda HR-V for North America. The second generation of the compact crossover launches this summer and then in Europe at a later date wearing a different name. It will be sold side by side with the current HR-V that debuted last year.
The new HR-V has an overhauled nose. Starting from the bottom, there is a wide lower fascia with mesh in the centre and vertical air inlets in the corners. The grille is far more angular than the previous-gen vehicle. There's a hexagonal pattern in the middle.
Gallery: 2023 Honda HR-V Exterior
By separating the headlights from the grille, the lamps appear to sit higher than on the current model. A sculpted section in the middle of the bonnet incorporates into a portion of the nose's design. The bonnet is longer than before.
The flanks lose the bold sculpting from the previous model. The rear door handles are no longer in the C-pillar. Now, they have a conventional location on the side of the body.
The back has a steeper rake for the rear pillar. The taillights appear smaller and sleeker. As with the sides, the sculpting seems simpler than on the previous model.
Honda is not showing any part of the new HR-V's interior. The North American version of the crossover has different styling than the version for the rest of the world, so we can't even use the foreign-market variant as a guide. Tech upgrades are sure to be part of the recipe because the existing cabin looks outdated on this front.
The 2023 HR-V shares a platform with the latest Civic. The wheelbase and width grow versus the existing model. Honda's announcement notes: "HR-V will feature a more responsive engine and a new independent rear suspension, giving the compact SUV a more confident, refined and fun-to-drive personality."
This info suggests that the existing 1.8-litre four-cylinder making 141 bhp and 127 pound-feet of torque doesn't power the new model. The non-Si grades of the current Civic in the US are available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder offering 158 bhp and 138 lb-ft or a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 180 bhp and 177 lb-ft.