2019 Honda HR-V will get VTEC turbo engines

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Turbocharged VTEC, i-DTEC engines now available Honda HR-V

It looks like Honda is embracing the concept of turbocharging for their cars. Soon to benefit from the downsized turbo engine trend is the 2019 Honda HR-V for Europe. Besides receiving an exterior refresh, Honda has confirmed that the B-segment crossover will soon be available with either a 1.5-liter turbo VTEC or a 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbo-diesel engine.

Exact output ratings have yet to be revealed for the two engines as both powertrains will be launched in early 2019. However, if it does get the exact same engine as the turbocharged Civic, that means we're expecting a power rating of 172 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It seems possible given that Euro-spec Honda Civics can be specified with the i-VTEC turbo engine. For now however, we'll have to wait.

As for the turbodiesel, there are two possible power outputs. First is with 120 PS and 300 Nm of torque, similar to the Euro i-DTEC Civic and our local CR-V. The second option may well be the more potent iteration of the 1.6-liter i-DTEC with 160 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Should the Euro HR-V get the turbo gas engine with 172 PS and the diesel with 160 PS, it might just make for a sprightly B-segment crossover.

Honda did mention that they updated the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four, which serves as the base engine for the Euro HR-V. As from before, it produces 130 PS at 6600 rpm along with 155 Nm of torque at 4600 rpm. It can then be mated to either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven-speed manual mode. Some of the improvements include better thermal efficiency and tweaks for longevity.

Like the HR-V that was launched in Japan and in Thailand, the 2019 refresh gives the crossover a more prominent front fascia. A new Solid Wing Face chrome grill adorns the front end of the HR-V, along with restyled LED headlights and daytime running lights. Both the front and rear bumpers get mild design tweaks, while the tailgate itself gets a new dark chrome trim piece. Rounding up the exterior changes on the 2019 HR-V are the smoked taillights, new 17-inch alloy wheels and a chrome exhaust finisher.

Besides giving the HR-V an exterior makeover and an upgraded powertrain, Honda was also busy making the HR-V more refined. Additional insulating material was installed on the crossover, particularly on the front bulkhead, wheel arches, luggage compartment, and the front and rear door panels. Top-spec variants can even come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) which drown out outside noise.

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