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Honda continues crossover onslaught with updated HR-V

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2018 Honda HR-V gets a refresh, hybrid option

Earlier this year, Honda Cars Japan revealed the updated HR-V, under the name of Vezel. Now, the company has released more details for their Jazz-based crossover.

To recap, Honda made tweaks the exterior, mainly to the front fascia. Following the current design language, there's a thicker bar for the grill. Then there's the bumper, which gets a pair of new foglight housings, as well as rounded off corners. Lastly, the headlights get a slight re-shape, now with LED illumination for higher-spec models.

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The rest of the body carries over mostly unchanged. There are new moldings surrounding the bottom of the crossover, further extending from the body. Lastly, the 2018 HR-V comes with new wheels designs from entry-level to top-spec.

Inside, the design appears mostly untouched from the current model. However, there are new trim options with two-tone being available. Also, the climate control panel has been given a slight tweak, tilted more towards the driver. Plus, the touchscreen gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Powering the refreshed HR-V in its home market is a 1.5-liter direct-injection inline-four that puts out 110 PS and 134 Nm of torque. It can also be specified with the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system which is also available in the City and Jazz Hybrid models. Exact output figures have yet to be revealed though given that it's derived from the B-segment offerings, it could come with 137 PS and 170 Nm of torque.

Philippine-spec models could still come with the carried-over 1.8-liter engine from the pre-facelift model, along with the continuously variable transmission. This could mean that the HR-V will have little to no powertrain updates or upgrades. Also, it remains to be seen if the local-spec model will get the goodies from the Japan-spec HR-V.

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