Honda HRV 2018 Makes its Debut in JapanPosted by Prestige Honda
The updated HRV has finally been revealed in Japan for their market. The revised model has new active safety features and aesthetic changes that are sure to indicate what we can expect for the Australian market.
The key cosmetic revisions include a newly revised front fascia which has adopted a prominent chrome bar that extends the width of the front. This echoes the recent changes to the CRV and Civic models. There are also some new alloy designs and revised LED headlights.
The CRV, or Vezel as it is known in Japan, also has new LED fog lights on the higher grades, revised rear bumper, and darker tints.
The headliner of the upgrades is the inclusion of the Honda Sensing suite. This safety suite is standard throughout the range, at least on the Japanese spec. This provides technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and autonomous emergency brakes as standard. This is something that our local arm is yet to offer on the current model lines.
There have also been minor changes to the interior of the new Honda HRV. Honda has revised the shape of the front seats, and there are revised trim elements including the stitching. The model is also shown with a new two tone interior. The “Jazz Brown” colour scheme creates a sophisticated aesthetic that complements the sleek lines in the cabin. Honda has also claimed that they have made improvements to the NVH (noise, vibration & harshness) levels due to the inclusion of more insulating materials.
The infotainment system has been carried over, though the Japanese spec already supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that is not featured in local models.
The powertrain options for the domestic market remain unchanged. There is an option of a 1.5 litre, naturally aspirated petrol unit paired with a CVT transmission or the petrol electric hybrid mated to the dual clutch, seven speed automatic.
What This Means for Australia
According to Honda Australia’s public relations product manager, Justin Lacy, the company is due to provide “some news” about the HRV update later this week. Unfortunately, the local division cannot confirm any details as yet. In 2017, Honda Australia confirmed that there would be an HRV facelift in early 2018, but we’ll have to wait and see what will arrive with the refreshed range.
If you are considering a Honda HRV for sale, Perth drivers should call in and see us. We have an unrivalled stock of new and quality pre-owned vehicles including the HRV. The Prestige Honda sales staff is also on hand to discuss finance options, answer any queries or arrange your Honda HRV test drive.
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