Any major brand has a wide range of crossover SUVs on the offer. Honda is no exception and its formidable crossover SUV lineup was joined recently with the all-new Honda Passport which takes position between the smaller CR-V and recently refreshed, mid-size Pilot. Honda updated also the subcompact 2019 HR-V model. It is also known that Honda intends to electrify its entire light-truck range including the mid-size Ridgeline pickup truck. However, based on the rumors in the industry Honda might have yet another model in mind for its crossover SUV range. The rumors suggest the new generation 2020 Honda Element.
The Honda Element was discontinued after the 2011 model year due to low demand and the same fate hit other similar design models like the Scion xB and Nissan Cube while the Kia Soul is one of the rare survivors. The Element has, however, been reported to return on the roads since its discontinuation and the same continues for the 2020 model year. Honda hasn’t, however, hinted the arrival of the new Element and we would surely recognize the boxy-shaped prototype version of this model.
Is it really coming?
Without any solid evidence and the prototype version spotted on the roads, the reports about Honda Element’s return are likely another round of rumors. The launch for the 2020 model year also seems, to early as we would already have some leaked details if it was coming. On the other hand, the sales of the new version would likely interfere with the sales of the subcompact HR-V or the new Element should be totally new design compared to the previous version. The sportier, coupe-like style Honda crossover SUV would likely be better solution considering the current market trends than the boxy-shaped model. But who knows?
2020 Honda Element: Design
As for the rumors, they suggest the new 2020 Honda Element designed around the HR-V’s platform and with the design elements similar to the current models in the crossover SUV range.
The reports don’t indicate the possible dimension changes of the model but suggest again the boxy-shaped silhouette. The model should, however, look much more modern thanks to the new grille and lighting units and more pronounced body lines.
The versatile interior should again be the strong side of the new Element as the reports claim and should again provide several cleaver solutions as it was with the previous version.
The model would again provide plenty of the headroom thanks to the tall roofline combined with removable rear seats, easy cargo loading and dog-friendly compartment.
The refinement of the model’s interior should also be lifted to the new level and the model would employ the brand’s newest entertainment and safety technologies including active crash avoidance systems. The reports again claim a limited range of trim options for the new Element.
2020 Honda Element: Powertrains
The 2020 Honda Element if it returns in a similar shape and for similar purpose seems like the perfect candidate for the electrified powertrain or the all-electric version. Honda said it will use Accord-based two-motor hybrid setup for the electrification of its range. The system comprises Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine combined with the electric motor powering the front wheels and continuously variable transmission. The battery pack under the rear seats is also part of the package. The Element would likely use a smaller 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit like the Insight model while the Accord sedan employs a 2.0-liter engine.
The new Element might also get a 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine combined with CVT. The previous version was powered by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the five-speed automatic transmission. The system produced 166 horsepower and torque of 161 pound-feet. Honda offered both front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive was also available on all versions.
2020 Honda Element: Release, Price
With the lack of any evidence, the return of the Honda Element is questionable at any time soon. The rumors claim, however, the arrival of the 2020 Honda Element sometime in 2020. The price of the model should reportedly be from around $20, 000.
Based on its size, design and purpose, if it returns, the new Honda Element would be an alternative to the Kia Soul which is available in the all-electric variant.