Honda had introduced the 2018 Vezel compact SUV for the Japanese market earlier this year. However, the Vezel is available in other countries with HR-V nameplate. The European-spec HR-V comes with slightly different styling and features. It seems like Honda is readying the facelift of the European-spec HR-V, which has recently been spotted testing in Southern Europe. The Honda HR-V is currently the third best-selling model in its category. With new updates, the HR-V aims to regain the top-spot.
2019 Honda HR-V Facelift Image Gallery
The updated model was spotted with minimal camouflage, which suggests that no major visual changes will be on offer. The Honda HR-V will retain the overall profile and dimensions. For the 2019 model year, the HR-V will receive an updated fascia with revised bumper, new radiator grille and different headlights and fog lamps. It is expected to receive slightly revised tail-lights along with new alloys and exterior paint options. Also See – Honda HR-V SUV – Five Facts You Should Know
The American-spec 2018 Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 141bhp of power and 172Nm of torque. For transmission duties, the SUV gets a six-speed manual and a CVT automatic in both front and all-wheel-drive layouts. The European-spec Honda HR-V is likely to receive a new hybrid powertrain comprises of 1.5-litre gasoline engine with an electric motor. This engine is expected to replace the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The gasoline version will continue to feature the tried & tested 1.5-litre VTEC engine.
Honda is also considering the HR-V compact SUV for the Indian market. It is expected to arrive in India in 2019-20. This model will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and upcoming Jeep Renegade. The India-spec model is likely to to get a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel and a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. Before this, Honda will launch the new CR-V 7-seater and new Civic sedan in India before the end of this financial year.
Source – Motor1