Honda has ended production of the HR-V crossover, several months before its radically different successor is expected to be unwrapped.
The Nissan Juke rival has been taken off Honda's website after seven years on sale, leaving the brand with four models - the Civic, CR-V, E and Jazz - in its UK line-up until the next HR-V goes on sale, likely late this year or in early 2022.
The HR-V was taken out of production late last year in accordance with changes to real-world driving emissions regulations (RDE2) that came into effect from 1 January 2021. New examples are now available only from dealer stock.
The HR-V was available with either a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.6-litre diesel engine, neither of which will return for the next-generation car, which will be available with exclusively electrified powertrains in line with Honda's promise to phase out all ICE-only models in Europe by 2022.
Recent spy shots of a prototype point to a dramatic design overhaul for Honda's small SUV, with a rakish coupé-style roofline and a Civic-aping front end among the most obvious changes.
Inside, the SUV can be expected to follow the next-generation Civic in adopting a more minimalist dashboard layout with new driver aids and technology across the line-up. Honda has yet to indicate how many variants of the new car will be available from launch, but the warmed-up HR-V Sport will likely make a return in some form, given a recent market influx of performance-oriented compact SUVs.
European sales of the HR-V steadily declined since its mid-life facelift in 2015, dropping from more than 33,000 units in 2016 to 21,747 in 2019.
The crossover segment, into which the first-gen HR-V was an early entrant, has swelled in recent years with new arrivals such as the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq, and consistent big-sellers including the Juke and Renault Captur have recently been substantially updated.