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.

2018 Honda HR-V

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.

2018 Honda HR-V

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.