Back in the early 2000s, the Element was a brand-new model from Honda, designed in a pretty odd way by the standards of that era. Back in the day, the automotive industry was still mostly about sedans and other passenger cars and that wasn’t that much room for SUVs and crossovers, especially not for the small ones. However, Honda managed to design a model that would completely change our perspective. The Element was small and maneuverable but at the same time, it was extremely practical, thanks to its boxy design. That boxy design made it look pretty funky as well.
After a couple of pretty good years, sales started to go down, and the model was discontinued more than a decade ago. If you ask most Element owners, the reason was that this car was ahead of its time and many believe that such a model would be very successful these days. That’s probably the reason why we are hearing so many rumors about the comeback, which would come in the form of the 2023 Honda Element. The officials are still quiet about this, so take the following paragraphs with a big reserve.
2023 Honda Element Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, we presume that the new 2023 Honda Element would follow the path of the original. Of course, things like mechanics and tech solutions would be completely different, based on Honda’s latest platform. Still, the overall layout would remain largely the same. We would see a subcompact crossover with a super-boxy shape, which would be slotted between the entry-level HR-V and compact CR-V. The three crossovers would share a lot of parts, though the Element would stand out in any way, starting from a pretty unique styling.
Also, the new platform will open up new possibilities in terms of electrification. We have no doubt that such a crossover would be offered in a hybrid setup but this model would also be a perfect pick for Honda to introduce an all-electric vehicle, something that Japanese manufacturer is still missing.
Of course, the most prominent part of the 2023 Honda Element would be its styling. We would once again expect to see a boxy crossover, though the overall dimensions would probably be slightly bigger, including the wheelbase. That would make it even more practically, without sacrificing its maneuverability and urban-friendly character.
The front end would certainly be one of the most challenging parts for Honda designers. If you look at the brand’s current design language, it’s really hard to imagine it in such a boxy shape. Therefore, the Element would rather come with something more unique. Some sources suggest the new Element could take some inspiration from the rugged-looking Ridgeline, which makes a lot of sense to us.
Once again, the most impressive thing about the Element would be its level of practicality. Thanks to the boxy shape, the 2023 Honda Element would also offer plenty of interior space. There would be plenty of headroom, while the longer wheelbase would provide sufficient legroom as well. All in all, both rows would be able to accommodate adults with ease. Of course, we would expect to see that slide rear doors once again. The boxy shape would also provide plenty of cargo room, with a design that allows super-easy loads and unloads of bulky objects.
We would also expect to see a modern dashboard design, designed in a similar fashion as in other contemporary Honda models. This would mean things like fine materials, good build quality and lots of standard and available tech features and other equipment.
2023 Honda Element Engines
This aspect of the 2023 Honda Element is relatively easy to predict. We presume that the Japanese manufacturer would offer several powertrain options, where base models would probably come with a 1.5-liter turbo-four that puts out around 190 horsepower. Of course, we would expect to see a hybrid powertrain on the offer as well. That would be the same system that powers the Accord, which combines a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with a couple of electric motors, for a total output of 212 horsepower.
We also expect to see a plug-in hybrid version on the offer, which could be borrowed from Insight. Finally, this car may be a perfect opportunity for Honda to present its first all-electric car in North America.
2023 Honda Element Release Date and Price
Although we can find reports that suggest the 2023 Honda Element could arrive already in the next year, the fact is that the officials are still quiet and that this comeback is still just a rumor. Therefore, makes sure to take all this with a big reserve. If the Element comes back some day, we presume it would cost around 25.000 dollars.