After making its global debut in The Land of The Rising Sun, the 2018 Honda HR-V has landed in The Land of Smiles. Featuring a fresh face, as well as a suite of new technologies, the refreshed HR-V is poised to take a slice of the ever-growing B-segment crossover market.
Starting with the HR-V's exterior, the crossover receives a heavily revised front fascia. The Solid Wing Face grill is now bigger while the front bumper carries a sportier design, along with new LED strip-type foglights. Also getting minor tweaks are the LED headlights which now resemble the ones on the Civic.
Changes over at the rear are minimal at best. However, Honda appeared to have slightly revised the taillights. Topping it all off are the new two-tone 17-inch wheels available in the top-spec RS model. The E and EL variants will still have the familiar 17-inch alloys from before.
Inside, everything pretty much carries over from the pre-facelift version. Subtle hints of gloss black plastic, as well as faux metal trim pieces spruce up the cabin. There also appears to be a new touchscreen infotainment system on the 2018 HR-V. But perhaps the most notable add-on in the HR-V is the availability of a panoramic sunroof.
Powering the Thai-spec HR-V is the carried-over 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with i-VTEC. It produces 141 PS along with 172 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to an Earth Dreams-developed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a seven-speed manual mode.
As mentioned earlier, the 2018 HR-V is now available with a plethora of safety tech. Besides having six airbags in total, the crossover now comes with HondaLaneWatch (which turns a camera on when the right turn signal is activated), an autonomous emergency braking system which works at speeds between 5 km/h – 30 km/h and Walk Away Auto Lock function which was first made available in the tenth-generation Civic.
With the arrival of the 2018 HR-V in Thailand, the Philippines could follow suit in the coming months. Here's to hoping the updated HR-V arrives in the local market soon.