Honda HR-V crossover has been applied with revised exterior and interior as 2018MY update; gets latest Sensing suite with driver assistance systems as standard
The arrival of Honda HR-V has long been speculated for the Indian market but no concrete information from the brand is known yet. Rest assured, it will likely enter the domestic scenes only after the new generation CR-V and the Civic sedan.
Elsewhere, the HR-V or called as Vezel in some markets, is enduring success and has received a facelift in Japan. After the four year reign, the Vezel gets mild updates on the design front while the interior has received new features too.
The crossover gains a revised styling with new LED headlamps, front bumper and grille. Moreover, the cabin comprises of brand new front seats for better comfort, updated in-car connectivity with inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions.
Underneath, the 2018 Honda HR-V or Vezel derives power from a hybrid mill and courtesy of mechanical changes like improved insulation, the cabin has become quieter than before. The brake pedals are adjusted for better stopping power.
Honda says that the brand new AWD configuration will aid in better traction during snow and slippery surfaces. The compact crossover also gets the latest Sensing suite as standard feature across the range. It helps in improved safety as well as offering increased driver assistance technologies.
The Japanese auto major targets selling around 5,000 units of the updated Vezel in its home market and is priced at ¥2,075,000 (Rs. 12.55 lakh) for the entry-level variant with regular IC engine and standard front-wheel drive layout. The price goes up to ¥ 2,926,000 (Rs. 17.70 lakh) for the top-of-the-line hybrid model. We expect Honda to use similar powertrains from the Civic if/when the HR-V launches in India.