The 2021 Honda Element is one of the most expected comebacks. At least it seems according to questions asked about this pet-friendly crossover. Its boxy look and practicality stole the hearts of buyers and the company is now considering bringing it back to the lineup in 2021. Nevertheless, Honda is not confirming the small SUV yet. Also, there are no spy photos of prototypes to give us some clues about the vehicle. But, one thing is sure – if the Element returns, there will be a lot of interest in this vehicle.
There are a few spots where the crossover can fit. One of the rumors is mentioning the 2021 Honda Element Hybrid. Not impossible, since CR-V is already electrified and we will definitely see more models with the hybrid setup soon. Also, the appearance in the US is still under the question mark. Some experts believe that the company will test other markets first before it brings the Element to the major stage.
Where It Fits?
Honda is one of the leading carmakers in the US. Nevertheless, they are absent from some categories in the crossover and SUV segments. For example, you won’t find a full-size vehicle with three rows in the market. Also, some companies are already delivering hybrid drivetrains even in the mid-size class. The only Honda with such setup is CR-V. Not even the HR-V is offering such an option.
So, the 2021 Honda Element might be a compact/subcompact model, somewhere between the two abovementioned vehicles. It will also feature the hybrid drivetrain and possible Type R. The new crossover is going to be more efficient than its predecessor. Nevertheless, designers will try to keep as many trademark features as possible. When speaking of Element, practicality comes first.
2021 Honda Element Drivetrains and Hybrid Configuration
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Honda Element will lay a four-cylinder engine. The last time we saw the crossover, ten years ago, it was using a 2.4-liter petrol displacement. Now, this engine is in the books, and engineers are replacing it with a turbocharged powerplant. For example, CR-V will come with a 1.5-liter displacement and 190 horsepower. On the other hand, a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated model is available with 160 hp and 140 lb-ft, and it could be a better starter for the small crossover. A CVT and a nine-speed automatic gearbox are options for the transmission.
Hybrid models coming with Honda badge on the front grille are equipped with a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle unit. The 2021 Honda Element Hybrid will gain extra power, delivering 200 ponies. Well, that is slightly more than the 1.5-liter turbo unit can do. On the other hand, the fuel economy is getting a boost and the crossover might return more than 40 mpg. The CR-V can do it, and it will probably be heavier than Element. On the other hand, the boxy styling is not so aesthetic, so it could damage the gas mileage.
2021 Honda Element Redesign – What Will Happen With the Boxy Look?
Element crossover SUV is well-known for its distinctive look. The boxy design is eye-catching, although a bit outdated today. But, space is used genially and Honda won awards for the pet-friendly design. It still remains one of the best vehicles for dogs. That was not the only suitable package for the Element, since the Camper upgrade was excellent for holiday trips and adventures. But, there are optional features.
The base crossover will keep the boxy look and a lot of standard accessories which will make the ride more comfortable. Thanks to the unique design, there is more headroom and space for cargo or pets. Loading boards and suicide doors are also unique upgrades the Element will definitely have to bring back. The interior packages will depend on a trim level. Elite model is certain and Honda could go with the Touring version as well. It is the most equipped bundle for most Hondas.
2021 Honda Element Release Date
The 2021 Honda Element will arrive in the US somewhere next year. The company will present the concept and start the production of the vehicle. Fans from all around the world will also wait for the crossover eagerly. Nevertheless, there is no official source to confirm rumors and give us more info about the Element.
The price depends on drivetrains and packages. If the crossover positions between HR-V and CR-V, then the price will do the same. That means buyers of the 2021 Honda Element can start saving about $22,000-$23,000 for the new arrival