Honda has been caught working on the facelifted HR-V in Southern Europe, with the test car wearing camo on both ends to hide the subtle changes.
Not that we don’t know what to expect from it since its JDM sibling, called Vezel locally, has already received a mild facelift back in February, while US-spec models have already been revealed. The styling changes are going to be small but very effective in refreshing the image of the Japanese small SUV.
These will include a new front grille, redesigned LED headlights, front and rear bumper while the interior is expected to receive new color options, reshaped front seats and an updated infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The facelifted Honda HR-V is also expected to offer improved NVH levels by adding more insulation while the active safety systems bundle -called Honda Sensing- is getting the company’s latest driver assistance gadgets and features. Honda Sensing will include systems like Collision Mitigation, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Euro-spec Honda HR-Vs are currently offered with a 128hp 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine or a 118hp 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel. We still don’t know for sure if Honda’s planning any changes to them but some reports suggest that the carmaker might drop the diesel option from the HR-V’s range and introduce a hybrid 1.5-liter petrol powertrain with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission instead.
The 2019 Honda HR-V is expected to be revealed towards the end of the year.