It’s been almost a decade since the original Honda Element was discontinued and we are still hearing rumors about its successor. Moreover, these reports are becoming more and more frequent, as the interest in the model’s boxy and practical layout is getting bigger every year. Many believe that this crossover came too early and that it would be far more popular these days. Simply, it managed to offer a great combination of a lifestyle appearance and a high level of practicality. The latest reports suggest it could come back in the form of the 2022 Honda Element.
Unfortunately, this comeback is just a rumor for now. There are no indications that it could come in the near future. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate about how the new model would look like, both in terms of styling and in terms of tech and design solutions.
2022 Honda Element Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, we don’t believe that the new iteration would be much different than the original. In terms of the exterior design, things would be pretty much the same. Once again, we would see a super-boxy crossover layout, which looks pretty attractive, despite that practicality is its main preoccupation. Of course, everything would come in a more modern manner, with sharper lines and a more aggressive face.
Of course, the mechanical aspect would be completely new. The 2022 Honda Element would ride on a new platform, probably borrowed from the upcoming next-generation Honda HR-V. The two models, along with the CR-V, would share a lot of mechanics and presume that the new model would be much better to drive compared to the original, which was often criticized for uninspiring handling and lack of comfort.
In terms of size, we don’t expect a bigger increase. The new version would remain in the subcompact segment. Still, the wheelbase would probably be slightly longer compared to the original’s 101.4 inches.
Withough any doubt, practicality would remain the main strength of the new Element. Thanks to a boxy shape, the interior would be extremely practical and generous with cargo space, despite the model’s overall size. Of course, a rectangular shape of the tailgate would be highly friendly to bulky objects, while the inside of the 2022 Honda Element should offer a high level of flexibility, which would make this crossover a highly usable small hauler.
Naturally, the dashboard would be completely new and we have no doubt that materials and build quality would be on a much higher level compared to the original. Still, we are pretty sure that the new model wouldn’t be focused too much on this aspect. On the other side, we have no doubt that the list of standard and available equipment would be pretty long. This refers to both high-tech and safety features.
2022 Honda Element Engines
This aspect definitely wouldn’t bring any particular surprises. Therefore, we would expect to see a familiar 1.5-liter turbo-four, which already powers a plethora of Honda models. It features a max output of 190 horsepower and there is no doubt that the 2022 Honda Element would be able to deliver pretty respectable driving dynamics and performances in general. This engine usually comes in a combination with a CVT gearbox and this combination works great.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the new Element in some form of electrification. That could easily be the company’s familiar hybrid setup. It combines a familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a couple of electric motors. The combined output goes up to 212 horsepower and provides quite high mpg ratings. This setup also comes in a combination with a CVT gearbox.
2022 Honda Element Production – Is there a chance to see the boxy crossover in production once again?
As you can see, it’s not particularly hard to predict how the new generation of this crossover would look like. However, the actual chances to see it in production again are minimal, pretty much zero. The reasons are quite obvious, considering that Honda’s lineup already seems filled up with practical vehicles.
First of all, there is the entry-level HR-V model, which wasn’t in production at the time of the original Element. Both models are subcompact crossover and it’s hard to imagine both of them in production at the same time. As the next-generation HR-V is on the way, it’s clear which model is Honda’s first pick. Furthermore, the current models, both HR-V and CR-V, as well as the much bigger Pilot, are all among leaders in their classes in terms of cargo space, while being strong in any other aspect. For that reason, introducing a model that puts of on practicality, without being well-rounded enough doesn’t make too much sense.
So, all these things lead us to the conclusion that the 2022 Honda Element will remain nothing more than a rumor.