Diesel engine coming too

Revived in 2015 after a nine-year hiatus, the Honda HR-V just went through a mid-cycle update and was brought to the 2018 Paris Motor Show for its European debut. Changes are mild, but keep the crossover fresh for a couple more years.

Mild Tweakes

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It takes a really close look to notice the differences, as Honda made only subtle changes to the HR-V's design.

Up front, there’s a dark chrome insert above the grille, replacing the old black and chrome panel. The bumper air intakes that hold the foglamps are deeper, while the LED daytime running lights are now standard.

There are no profile changes to talk about, but the HR-V can be specified with new 17-inch wheels for higher-grade trims. Around back, the dark chrome trim on the tailgate mirrors the upgrade made to the front grille. The crossover also features darkened taillights. Finally, the eight-color paint palette includes the new Midnight Blue Beam Metallic.

New Turbo Gas Engine and Diesel Underway

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Interior upgrades are limited to a pair of new front seats and revised upholstery. The redesigned seats offer enhanced lateral support, while the standard fabric upholstery is made of higher quality material. Opt for a more expensive trim, and it’s replaced with fabric and leather with double stitching. Not exactly of the premium variety, but a welcomed addition. Honda also improved the insulation around the car, which results in a quieter cabin. Some model grades also feature Active Noise Cancellation, which reduces low-frequency noise inside the cabin.

Honda offers just one engine in the Euro-spec HR-V for now. It's the familiar and highly efficient 1.5-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 130 PS and 155 Nm of torque.

It will get you from 0 to 62 mph in 10.7 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission and in 11.2 clicks with the optional CVT.

A sportier, turbocharged version of the 1.5-liter unit will follow, alongside a 1.6-liter diesel powerplant starting Spring 2019.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2017 Honda HR-V.

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Exterior upgrades for Honda’s subcompact SUV deliver an elegant new look
Higher-grade fabric and reshaped seats provide greater quality and comfort
Available from launch with powerful and efficient 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine
Customer deliveries commence from October 2018
Sporty 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO and efficient 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel join the range in 2019
Honda has revealed the first details of the 2019 HR-V, its most sophisticated subcompact SUV to date. The new model features enhanced exterior styling, updates to the interior and a range of advanced technologies.

Upgrades to the elegant exterior design include a more substantial interpretation of Honda’s ’Solid Wing Face’ graphic, with a new, high-gloss dark chrome panel that replaces the black-and-chrome combination above the grille. The front bumper features deeper air intake sections that house circular fog lights, and the headlights now have projector lenses with redesigned LED daytime running lights as standard.

At the rear, a dark chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the new trim at the front, and the rear lights sit within darker lens casings

Higher-grade models feature a new 17-inch alloy design, and the exhaust tailpipe has a unique chrome finisher. The headlights and rear lights are upgraded to full LED units, and the rear casings are enhanced with dark ‘smoked’ effect.

Honda will offer a choice of eight exterior colours for the 2019 HR-V, including the addition of Midnight Blue Beam Metallic. The other colour choices comprise: Milano Red; Platinum White and Crystal Black in a pearlescent finish; and Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, Brilliant Sporty Blue and Ruse Black metallic hues.

The HR-V remains as versatile as ever, including the carry-over of Honda’s innovative Magic Seat® system. Redesigned seats for the driver and front passenger incorporate changes to the seat cushion and back rest, providing enhanced overall support – especially for the shoulder area. The standard fabric upholstery now uses a higher-quality material, while top grade models feature a combination of fabric and leather with double stitching for a more appealing finish.

From launch, the 2019 Honda HR-V will be available with the highly-efficient 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine, which offers a high output of 130 PS (96 kW) and maximum torque of 155 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 10.7 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual (6MT), and 11.2 seconds with the optional CVT. The petrol engine offers an impressive blend of power and efficiency, with average fuel economy from 5.3l/100km (53.2 mpg)* and official average CO2emissions of 121* g/km for the CVT model.

The i-VTEC engine has been enhanced by ‘advanced plateau honing’, that lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinder bores by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Its timing chain guides also feature a new friction-reducing coating, which further helps to reduce long-term wear and boost engine efficiency.

Honda has improved the interior quietness and refinement of the HR-V by adding greater levels of insulating material around the car, including around the front bulkhead and wheel arches, the boot structure, and both front and rear door panels. Depending on model grade, the 2019 HR-V will also be equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) for the first time. ANC is designed to reduce low-frequency noise in the interior by monitoring for such noises using two in-cabin microphones, and then cancelling them out with precisely-timed ‘reverse phase’ audio signals through the speakers.

Production of 2019 HR-V 1.5L i-VTEC variants has started with the deliveries commencing from October. A sportier, 1.5L VTEC TURBO engine will follow with availability from Spring 2019, alongside a 1.6L i-DTEC diesel engine.

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