The Honda HR-V is targeted to young adults, particularly pre-family couples. The second generation HR-V has been around since 2014. In some markets, it is sold as the Vezel. The HR-V is now ripe for a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. Details about the 2019 Honda HR-V are still scarce but we understand that Honda plans to hook up the model with more features including making more of the features only available for top trims standard even for base trims.
2019 Honda HR-V Exterior
Although it is considered a compact crossover, the HR-V looks like a hatchback with a raised ground clearance level. If you identify with this school of thought, you will be disappointed as the dimensions of the model will rollover to 2019 unaltered. However, the HR-V is very attractive due to its stylish looks. As is the norm with mid-cycle updates, the front and rear fascias of the model will be redesigned. According to rumors, the HR-V will feature a revised grille as well as new headlights.
The rumors also allege that the intakes on the bumper will be enlarged and the model hooked up with new fog lights. The changes are inspired by the CR-V. The aim is to align the automaker’s SUV lineup to adopt a recognizable look. The rear fascia, on the other hand, will carry over with the huge roof spoiler which adds a sporty aura to the CUV; however, the gigantic taillights may be replaced.
The interior of the HR-V has a good layout and is also well appointed. However, the model’s center control stack and infotainment system are poor and I hope the automaker will give them the needed touches. I also hope Honda does something about the button controls for the climate control system. I think Honda should also consider giving the rear passengers USB ports.
The gloss plastic all over the cabin is a bit letdown for me and I hope interior designers will replace it with a more appealing material. Seating space for rear passengers is a bit tight; I hope Honda plays around with the seats layout to offer more comfort. Expect more safety features to be made standard. More information will be available after its public debut.
Engine and performance
It is not clear whether the current engine lineup of the Honda HR-V will be retained for 2019 or whether the automaker will hook up the 2019 Honda HR-V with new mills. Currently, Honda sells the HR-V in the US with a 1.8 L, inline-4 good for 141 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Rumor has it that this mill will be replaced by newly developed turbocharged engines. Specifically, there will be two turbocharged engines according to these rumors; the base engine will be a turbocharged 3.0 L, 3-cylinder engine good for 110 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque.
The second and most powerful petrol engine will be a turbocharged 1.5 L, 4-cylinder engine good for between 160-200 hp. Only the more powerful 1.5-liter engine will likely be sold in the U.S. market. Other markets will also have a diesel engine. The engines will be paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic system but Honda may also decide to introduce an 8-speed automatic gearbox to the HR-V. FWD will be standard and AWD an option as is the case currently.
Price and release date
It is still quite early to talk about prices of the 2019 Honda HR-V as the model is likely to hit dealerships in mid-2018. Before that, Honda is likely to unveil the HR-V at the New York Motor Show in late March or could surprise us by an early reveal at the forthcoming Detroit Motor Show in January 2018. About its prices, Honda will not hike the prices significantly considering the stiff competition in this segment. In comparison, the current HR-V starts at around $20,500 and goes up to around $27,000 for fully equipped top trims making it a very affordable compact SUV for buyers on a budget.