It won’t be long now before the new Honda HR-V officially makes its Philippine debut. The crossover was first launched in early 2021, and it wasn’t until November 2021 when the HR-V arrived in South East Asia. At the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda gave us a preview of a factory-tuned version of the crossover called the Vezel e:HEV Modulo X Concept.
The badge might say Vezel, but that’s the other name of the HR-V in other countries, including Japan. And if Modulo X sounds familiar, that’s because the previous-generation HR-V also received the same Modulo X treatment.
Compared to the standard HR-V, the Modulo X gets an extensive exterior makeover. Up front is a new grille with a beak-like design that puts focus on the Honda logo. The grille also extends to the lower half of the bumper and features larger intake vents as opposed to the horizontal slats on the standard model. The bumper itself is new with revised foglight housing and a larger center air intake.
Along the side, Honda fit body-color wheel arches, giving the crossover a cleaner, more urban look as opposed to the black cladding. It also rides on fancier two-tone 18-inch wheels. The side mirror caps are painted black for a sportier look. At the rear is a new bumper that features an integrated diffuser and a tailgate spoiler.
The interior also received the Modulo X treatment. Inside, the steering now features red stitching, while the seats have been swapped out for sportier types and come with Modulo X embroidered on them.
Honda did not disclose details about the performance or handlings bit, but they do say the Modulo X comes with suspension upgrades. You can also watch the video above to see Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya put the crossover to the test.
Do you like how the HR-V e:HEV Modulo X looks? Or do you like the design of the original model better? Let us know what you think in the comments.