There are so many situations where Honda was way ahead of time and we don’t just talk about sports cars or luxury sedans. The Element was another perfect example. During the first decade of the 2000s, it was one of the most interesting small crossover, which was designed to provide a great mix of practicality and unique styling. The Japanese manufacturer nailed it, so it’s no wonder that many of us were disappointed with Honda’s decision not to launch the second generation. These days, it looks like the legendary SUV could come back, in the form of the 2022 Honda Element.
We’ve been hearing rumours about this comeback for a very long time but in the last couple of months, they are louder than ever. The officials are still quiet but if the new iteration is about to arrive, we certainly know what to expect. Of course, we are talking about the base layout, which shouldn’t be much different compared to the original.
According to rumors, the new generation could arrive already in the next year.
2022 Honda Element Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Honda Element would have a lot of things in common with the original. However, this refers to the overall shape and functionality. On the other hand, we would expect to see completely new mechanics, considering that it’s been a while since the launch of the original.
So, what we presume could happen is to see the new Element sharing most of its mechanical parts with models like the recently introduced Civic, as well as the upcoming next-generation CR-V. This means it would probably feature a similar suspension setup, same powertrain options and other technologies.
When it comes to the exterior design, we don’t expect any surprises. The new model should feature the same overall layout, which is all about that legendary boxy shape, which provides an exceptional dose of functionality. We don’t expect that dimension would change too much. This would still be a subcompact crossover, which combines practicality and maneuverability, making it perfect for urban jungles.
On the other hand, the 2022 Honda Element would certainly adopt Honda’s new design language. While most of the body would retain original contours, the face would be completely new and we expect a lot of inspiration to be taken from the upcoming CR-V and similar models. Still, keep in mind that this crossover has always been special in some way, so we won’t be surprised if we see a couple of exclusive design solutions as well.
Without any doubt, the 2022 Honda Element interior would remain the model’s strongest point. We are talking about an impressive level of practicality and functionality. The new model would also feature a super boxy shape, as we already mentioned and that means one thing, plenty of interior space.
For passengers, this means tremendous amounts of headroom. For cargo, this means solid numbers regarding volume but more importantly, a square shape that accommodates bulky objects with ease. The tailgate should be massive and open wide, while we could also see sliding doors that provide easier access to the second row.
Besides functionality, the 2022 Honda Element should also bring solid interior quality. The original wasn’t particularly great in this aspect but if we look at Honda’s recent design solutions regarding dashboard designs, we know we can expect attractive styling, solid build quality and nice materials. Of course, we also expect a long list of tech features, whether it’s about the latest infotainment technologies or advanced safety features.
2022 Honda Element Engines
This aspect of the car shouldn’t bring surprises. We presume that the 2022 Honda Element would come with at least two powertrain options on the offer. We see no reason why base versions would feature the simplest possible setup, which ensures excellent reliability and low maintenance costs. Of course, we are talking about a good-old 2.0-liter inline-four, which puts out around 158 horsepower.
Those who prefer something peppier would probably get an optional 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 190 horsepower. We presume that both engines would come with a CVT gearbox, but we don’t see a reason why a manual transmission wouldn’t be on the offer as well.
Finally, there’s also a chance to see a hybrid version available. We presume that Honda would rely on proven solutions and offer a familiar system that combines a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with two electric motors. Such a setup powers the Accord and CR-V, and it features a max output of 212 horsepower.
2022 Honda Element Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2022 Honda Element is still just a rumor, but rumors say that the new model could arrive already in the next year. If it comes, we presume that the base price would go a little bit under 25.000 dollars.