Honda confirms all-new hybrid SUV for 2023

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The new Honda SUV will offer a hybrid powertrain.

Honda has revealed its plans for a new SUV to sit alongside the HR-V, CR-V and e:Ny1. The new car will occupy the C-segment SUV sector, rivalling cars such as the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage.

The announcement was made alongside a preview of the upcoming e:Ny1 Prototype, which will be made available as a full EV. Unlike that car the new unnamed SUV will be hybrid-only because Honda says it believes hybrid power still has a part to play in reducing CO2 emissions and helping customers transition to zero-emissions driving.

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Specific powertrain options haven’t been revealed but it could use the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder hybrid e:HEV unit in the upcoming Civic – making 135kW and 315Nm of torque. This will be coupled with Honda’s automatic fixed-gear transmission.

Inside, we’re likely to see Honda’s 10.2-inch digital dial display along with a nine-inch touchscreen and 12-speaker Bose sound system for top-spec models.

Speaking at the announcement Honda motor Europe Senior vice-president, Tom Gardner said, “In 2023 Honda will further expand the availability of our e:HEV full hybrid technology with the launch of an all-new C-segment SUV.

“Sitting alongside Honda’s existing HR-V and CR-V and the all-new e:NY1, this car will provide a compelling option for those customers looking for a sporty, dynamic, full-hybrid option.”

The sketches depict the new SUV with some typical Honda design features such as the sleek headlights and curvy rear light that look similar to the new Civic’s. The front grille is a departure from modern Honda design and there are some sporty side vents and wide arches to accentuate the car’s stance. At the rear there are no vents and only a small spoiler corresponding with the overall unfussy look.

The new Honda SUV will launch in 2023 and we can expect pricing to start from around £30,000 in order for it to slide between the HR-V and all-new CR-V.

Alastair Crooks

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