Honda’s HR-V SUV's nip-and-tuck for 2018 will include the rollout of standard AEB across the range and a new, sport-themed RS trim.
Honda is calling the updates a “refresh”, so don’t hold your breath for wholesale changes. Instead, and as far as we know so far, the addition of the autonomous braking as standard will form the only technical change across most of the lineup. More details will be revealed closer to the car's third-quarter launch, but expect an exterior and interior refresh as well.
The exception, of course, is the new RS trim, which - while making do with the standard 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine good for 105kW and 172Nm - does get “sharper” driving dynamics courtesy of Variable Gear Ratio steering (the system used on the Civic and CR-V), as well as front stabiliser bars and a new suspension tune.
Elsewhere, expect 18-inch alloys, a black body kit, a honeycomb grille and chrome furnishes on the exterior. Inside, expect a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather seats that are heated in the front. It scores a unique colour, too; 'Phoenix Orange'.
Across the rest of the HR-V range - the VTi, VTi-S and VTi-L - Honda is adding its City-Brake Active System (AEB) to the standard safety list.
“Since HR-V arrived in 2015, we’ve built a very loyal group of owners who have very specific requirements built around space, versatility and reliability,” says Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins.
“The brief for the new HR-V was clear; keep what customers love, like the 18-way ‘Magic Seats’ and versatile roomy interior, and add some newfound style, sportiness, plus AEB across the range.”
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