Honda plans for Corolla Cross-rivalling SUV, revival of the Honda Crossroad?

Eric · Jan 04, 2021 03:04 PM

With only two SUVs in their current line-up in Japan (Honda CR-V, Honda HR-V), Honda does not have enough firepower to fend off rivals such as Toyota (7 SUVs) or Mazda (5 SUVs) in the ongoing SUV fight.

Come March 2021, Honda is set to announce the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V (it is sold as the Vezel in Japan) – one that has been caught on Japanese roads several times now. It has also been digitally rendered, giving us an idea of how it could potentially look like.

But that’s not all.

If a recent report from a Japanese source is to be believed, Honda will be introducing a derivative model of the HR-V in 2022.

The Honda Crossroad name was last used on this model

Possibly called the Honda Crossroad, the Japanese source claims that it will rival the Toyota Corolla Cross in terms of body size and segmentation. It will also adopt a more utilitarian and rugged approach, as opposed to the Honda HR-V’s more premium and upmarket appeal. Flared fender arches, anyone? 

If and when the model comes to fruition, it will be positioned between the Honda HR-V and the Honda CR-V, similar to Toyota’s arrangement with the Corolla Cross, C-HR, and RAV4.

Rendered image. Photo credit: Kleber Silva @

Elsewhere, the Tokyo-based company has also trademarked the ZR-V name, fuelling speculation that they could be working on a yet another new SUV to rival the popular Toyota Raize/Daihatsu Rocky duo.