Since the current look of the Honda HR-V was introduced last year, the refreshed crossover has certainly looked more stylish, not to mention more aggressive. This is especially true when comparing it to the pre-facelift model.
Now, Honda Japan has taken things one step further by introducing the Modulo X variant for the HR-V. Unlike most styling kits, however, the Modulo X variant is more than just a pretty face.
But let's start with the bodykit. The Modulo X variant features a new bumper with revised foglight housings paired with a full face grill painted in black up front. To complement the revised front end, a new side skirt and rear bumper have been fitted as well. Dual-exit exhausts, Modulo X badging and unique 17- or 18-inch wheels complete the exterior makeover.
Moving inside, there’s a black-themed cabin. Gone are the standard HR-V seats and in its place are Honda sports seats finished in black suede and leather. Interestingly, the sport seats also come with a heating function and have Modulo X embroidered on the headrests. Completing the interior upgrades are the Modulo X floor mats and suede rear seats.
As mentioned earlier, the Modulo X is more than just a styling kit for the HR-V. Honda has fitted the sporty variant with new springs, dampers, and suspension tuned by Honda Access. As a result, the automaker claims driving performance is improved. At the same time, the revised suspension also provides for a much better ride.
The performance upgrades stop with the suspension though. Under the hood of the Japan-spec HR-V is the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 172 PS and 220 Nm mated. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a CVT. Same story for the hybrid version.
As much as this HR-V looks good, there’s a very slim chance Honda Cars Philippines will offer the Modulo X variant locally. Still, there’s no harm in asking them.