2019 Honda HR-V Sport has its suspension and chassis tuned for improved ride and handling characteristics; exterior gets dark theme
Honda has introduced a brand new Sport variant into the HR-V range as the SUV has been updated for 2019. The HR-V Sport variant gets powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 180 bhp and is the same unit that can be found in the Civic lineup with six-speed manual and CVT transmission choices.
The 2019 Honda HR-V Sport has seen visual upgrades to justify its Sport tag while mechanical modifications have also been made to improve the driving dynamics of the SUV. On the outside, the spurred up SUV gains blackened front grille, quite different from the chrome accented unit found in the regular model, smoked tail lamps and glassy black trim extending across the boot.
The Sport version also gets dual exhaust tips, 18-inch black alloy wheels, black wing mirror caps and aggressive bumper up front and rear to round out the dark theme. Stepping inside the cabin, customers will be treated with sportier black roof lining trim, dual-zone auto AC, more supportive seats upholstered in black and red colours, sat-nav, dash integrated touchscreen, contrast red trims and so on.
Apart from the new engine, the suspension and chassis have been tuned for improved handling characteristics with assistance from driver aid technologies. Honda’s Performance Damper counteracts the movements through corners and bumpers and electronically stabilises the ride.
The Agile Handling Assist, on the other hand, uses a variable electric power steering to fine tune the handling based on driving conditions. The 2019 Honda HR-V will act as the new range-topping model and it will go on sale only after the spring in the United Kingdom and is expected to cost well above the existing high-end EX version priced at around £25,600 (Rs. 22.80 lakh approx).
Honda has witnessed increased takers for the HR-V across the globe and in the US, the brand’s SUV range has been expanded with the brand new Passport slotting between CR-V and Pilot. Whether the HR-V will reach India or not in the near future is up for anybody’s guess!