Honda first tried their hands at the segment of subcompact crossover in 1998 with Honda HR-V. It also planning to launch its renewed model in the segment with the 2018 Honda HR-V. Currently in its 2nd generation, this vehicle was sold exclusively in Japan and markets of Asia-Pacific during the period 1998-2006. In its first generation, before the automakers realized that changes were necessary. Consequently, the 2nd generation was launched eight years later in 2014. It was released in North American, Australian, Asian and Brazilian markets. Now for year 2018, the HR-V will compete with cars like Mazda CX3 and Chevy Trax.
Engine changes in 2018 Honda HR-V
In terms of powertrain, no changes are being expected from the current 2017 model. The Honda HR-V 2018 model is set to continue with a 1.8 L inline 4-engine which has a power output of 141 HP with a torque of 127 lb-ft. However, this engine will mainly be for the North American versions of this vehicle.
For Europe, a less powerful 1.5 L inline 4 cylinder engine is thought to be incorporated under its hood. This engine produces a power of 120 HP and 115 lb-ft. A 6 speed manual transmission is expected in the new 2018 Honda HR-V along with an option for CVT or continuous variable transmission, which is what most customers are known to opt for. Customers will be able to choose from front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive platforms, with the latter costing more.
Changes in design and features
3 trim levels are on offer for the 2018 Honda HR-V – LX, EX and the EXL. All of these trim levels will be available in a wide range of colors. Some popular shades of Honda HR-V 2018 are crystal black pearl, misty green, Milano red and alabaster silver metallic. LED lighting will be available both at the front and rear.
The main body is expected to be longer and wider in Honda HR-V 2018 than in previous year models, namely in the form a 17 inch wheelbase. As a result, legroom and headroom for all 5 passengers will be sufficient. Even cargo capacity is excellent, with as much as 58.8 cubic feet of space available when the rear seats are folded.
That is a characteristic offered by Honda’s Magic Seat, which allows you to fold rear seats in such a way that large items can fit at the back, which might otherwise seem impossible to carry in other compact crossovers.
Door panels in the vehicle also have holders that can accommodate drinks like coffee cups. Although the glove compartment might be a bit too small for liking. Base models will have amenities such as Bluetooth connectivity, heated frontal seats, keyless entry and auto-ignition. However, expect only the EX-L variant to have the leather upholstery and GPS navigation on the dashboard.
Honda HR-V has the same infotainment system as Honda Civic. The absence of Honda Sensing, a driver’s safety assistance system, is a disappointment since its absence means there won’t be any automatic emergency braking system.
When will it arrive and what will be its price?
Although the 2018 Honda HR-V will cost more than its 2017 version, it will be priced in such a way that it remains competitive. European models will be cheaper than American ones, with the base LX model with front-wheel drive and manual transmission costing around $22,500 and the EX-L with CVT and all-wheel drive costing close to $27,000. Expect the vehicle to be out during the fall of 2017.