Honda has released the first official images of the 2018 HR-V facelift on their official website, right ahead of its launch in the Japanese market on February 15, 2018. The HR-V, which is sold under the Vezel badge in Japan, is expected to be showcased at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo next month.
The new images released by Honda give a clear peek into the exterior styling of the 2018 Honda HR-V. Up front, it features new triangular LED headlamp units with integrated LED daytime running lights. Additionally, it gets a larger chrome-laden grille bar, reworked bumper and redesigned fog lamp housing. The higher-spec variants in the line-up are likely to get LED fog lamps, opposed to the entry-level variants, that could feature circular halogen lamps.
Details on the feature front are yet hazy, albeit the higher-spec variants in the crossover’s line-up are expected to pack in Honda’s safety and driver assistance system, called Honda Sensing. In addition to this, the crossover is expected to get Honda’s latest infotainment system with satellite navigation and smartphone connectivity features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
On the mechanical front, the new Honda HR-V facelift is expected to get the 1.5-litre petrol, 1.8-litre petrol 1.6-litre oil burner and the 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid unit will be retained from the current model. As for the mileage, the current model delivers claimed fuel economy of 20.6km/l in petrol and 27km/l in the hybrid version (as rated by JCO8).
Coming back to the India launch, the carmaker has not confirmed anything yet, however, if it comes to India, HR-V will reportedly be slotted above the WR-V in Honda India’s product range and will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur in the segment. Bullish on the Indian market, the Japanese carmaker plans to launch six new cars in India, in the next three years.