When it comes to the subcompact crossover segment we haven’t seen that many hybrid variations. Among them are two best-sellers and these are the Jeep Renegade and the Subaru Crosstrek and we are not expecting either of these to be offered in a hybrid option at any time soon, or the Mazda CX-3.
This may be one of the biggest reasons why we haven’t seen the hybrid version of the Honda HR-V. Fans have been asking for it but it hasn’t happened yet. When the refresh for 2017 came out the only thing it brought new was the color option.
The Honda CR-V should arrive in hybrid if the brand wants to keep up with the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4. However the Fit based sibling doesn’t have the same threat, at least until we see the arrival of the Toyota C-HR.
This is the first big effort of Toyota to take on the subcompact crossover market and things are looking good for it. When it does come out it is going to be the only version that has the hybrid among its peers.
The Honda C-HR is going to offer the 1.2 litre turbocharged engine in many markets, however in the US it is arriving in the 1.8 litre gas engine. This may be the engine that is taken from the Toyota Prius or a hybrid that has the same engine. But the biggest question on our lips is whether or not we need hybrids in the subcompact crossover category.