For a long time, we are listening about the comeback of one of the most unique crossovers that were available in the US dealerships. The new portion of rumors about the 2022 Honda Element return is here. This time, there are some things that indicate the crossover might be back eventually. Honda is one of the leading carmakers in the world. However, its crossover and SUV lineup is not full. The Japanese company started working on completing all the classes, so now we have a mid-size two-row SUV Passport, and a hybrid version of the CR-V compact crossover.
Where the 2022 Honda Element can fit? We doubt the nameplate is going to be used for the full-size SUV. Also, this class is not among the most popular ones. The crossover will be again a small, urban vehicle, with distinctive styling. A boxy look is something that made it different and a favorite among buyers. The Element could fit between subcompact HR-V and compact CR-V. This crossover was 170 inches long. The size is approximately the same as the HR-V, which we can call the replacement. Still, there are a lot of things that make these two models different and why fans want to see the 2022 Element again. Honda is considering a comeback.
2022 Honda Element Spy Photos?
There are a lot of prototypes of new vehicles and fresh Honda models on the streets. However, we still cannot confirm any of them is the 2022 Element. There are a few reasons for that. First of all, it is unknown what form the crossover will take. The compact/subcompact size is the most likely. But, there is a boxy look that made the vehicle so popular and practical. However, nothing similar has appeared on the streets.
On the other hand, the 2022 Honda Element spy photos don’t mean anything. The company showed a few times a large SUV with the recharge slot above front wheels, indicating that Pilot is getting the plug-in hybrid version. But, we saw nothing besides test mules, and it’s been a few years since the first spy photos came out. Also, Honda is excellent in disguise. You remember the comeback of Passport? Nobody knew it. The company just launched it at the LA Auto Show in 2018. No prototypes were spotted, no rumor has been spoken. And, Honda decided to create a mid-size two-row SUV. This segment is not so popular, while the sub-tier, between compact and subcompact classes, seems to be pretty hot at the moment, with a few new models joining the competition.
2022 Honda Element Hybrid, EV
Since Honda is not after the full-size model, and the Japanese company doesn’t have a suitable engine for this kind of SUV, we believe the Element will be back to the compact class. That means a small, efficient engine. Well, reliability and gas mileage are just some of the advantages old fans are missing about this crossover. So, the 2022 Honda Element will probably get either a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine as the base solution Or, it can be optional, while a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated unit will supply with power the new crossover. In this case, you can count on 185-190 horsepower, which is more than enough for the subcompact vehicle. Even a less potent unit might be used.
But, it is more likely that Honda is going to be after some kind of an electric version. The 2022 Honda Element Hybrid is a logical choice. The Japanese company showed some promise with the CR-V and its 40+ mpg rating. Now, it is ready to expand the offer. The HR-V doesn’t need a hybrid configuration. But, the 2022 Element might be a perfect vehicle for such an experiment. If this happens, the crossover is going to be both powerful and efficient. We won’t exclude an all-electric crossover. More companies are investing in such technology and Honda needs to keep the pace to stay competitive. Some sources (Autoblog, Electrek) are claiming that the Japanese company is joining forces with General Motors to build an electric vehicle. This might be the new Element, although the lineup is not unveiled.
More news about the 2022 Honda Element will be available now when we entered 2021. The market recovers from the initial crisis caused by the coronavirus outburst. Companies are preparing new models and launching delayed premieres. We hope that the upcoming Element is going to keep its boxy look, which made it easy to recognize on the streets. Also, practicality was the key. Although small, the ease of access and interior space were better than anyone expected. You could find a lot of hidden compartments for storing small items. Also, one of the most distinctive detail was the bright orange color. However, with other details about the 2022 Element still being unknown, we cannot discuss the color palette, which is the final touch in the development and the comeback process.