According to the newest reports, Honda is thinking to reintroduce one of its former models. Reportedly, the Japanese car manufacture is working on the 2017 Honda Element, which should be ready early next year. Now, we can’t say whether the new generation crossover is getting evolutionary or revolutionary styling. However we are pretty sure it won’t be boxy as it was earlier. On the other hand, the vehicle will definitely have totally new interior and better engines.
2017 Honda Element: Styling, Platform and Tech
When we say it won’t be boxy as earlier, we don’t mean it will be some coupe-like crossover, just not dicey like before. Still, the rumors suggest it will be the biggest rival to the Kia Soul. This means that it could easily keep its basic lines, which will be a bit more dynamic. The new crossover will ride on Fit’s platform that will be a bit stretched, so the wheelbase should go over 100 inches.
As a matter of fact, the 2017 Honda Element will likely have the identical proportions as the all-new HR-V, which is 169.1 inches in length and 102.8 inches wheelbase. This way, the vehicle is getting plenty of interior space for all five passengers. Speaking of which, the carmaker could add the amazing Magic Seats, so the trunk space could be enlarged in a sec, because of flat-folding second-row. The future cab design won’t have anything in common with the old model. The manufacturer will rather borrow the handsome and sweet interior from the HR-V. We can say that the 2017 Element could be both luxurious and cozy inside. The car will get the infotainment system for the first time, which will have pretty useful seven-inch touch-screen display.
Two Engines and Two Transmission Options
The Japanese car manufacturer will also add completely new options under the hood. The crossover will likely have two gasoline engines. New owner will be able to choose between a 1.5-liter DOHC four that delivers 130 horsepower and a bit stronger 1.8-liter SOHC, which is going to produce around 141 hp. The units will be matted to either a six-speed manual or CVT and front- or all-wheel drive.
From our point of view, the 2017 Honda Element will be pretty the same vehicle as the new HR-V. The only essential difference will be the exterior design. In case you like boxier shape, the new Element will be your best choice. These two will likely share the same price, so Honda’s returnee might start from $19,500, which is quite affordable price.