Leaked: Is this the facelifted Honda HR-V?

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Honda HR-V photo with updated front end leak online

It was back in 2015 when Honda officially introduced the HR-V into the country. However in other countries such as Japan, the HR-V (called Vezel) has been on sale since 2014. That said, it is possible a facelift for the HR-V might be appear soon given that it has been in production for 4 years already. In fact, it may happen this year as a brochure photo of the facelifted HR-V has leaked online.

The lone brochure image first surfaced on headlightmag.com forums. The Japanese characters above the two revised HR-V's indicate their respective colors: Midnight Blue Beam Metallic and Platinum White Pearl. 

Based on the photo, we only see the upcoming HR-V's revised front end. Most of the changes appear minor, with the biggest change being the new LED headlights, similar to that of the current generation Civic. There is also a new thick chrome bar which are flanked by the headlights.

Sitting just below the new grill is a redesigned bumper. There are now larger side intakes together with revised foglight housings. Curiously, the brochure models show the HR-V wearing smaller wheels, which could be for the Japan model only. As or the rear, we have to wait until more leaked brochure photos surface or when the facelifted vehicle actually debuts.

Engine wise, expect the 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine to be retained for our market. In other countries, the HR-V can be had with a 1.5-liter engine. It is uncertain whether this variant will be made available locally.

Given that the brochure leak came from Japan, we expect it to debut there first.

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