The 2019 Honda HR-V will most likely come with some updates. According to latest reports, the company prepares some novelties for the next year, which will keep the current model competitive until the next generation comes.
To remind you, original HR-V was in production between 1999 and 2006, but we had to wait almost eight years to see its successor. The second generation finally came in late 2014, as 2016 year model. With plenty of new design solutions and technologies, this model is one of the leaders in the class. Now the company plans to introduce various novelties, which will keep this model fresh for some time. Most likely, these changes will be mainly visual, although some interior changes are possible too.
On the other side, the 2019 HR-V should remain pretty much the same in the mechanical aspect. We expect its arrival in the second half of next year.
2019 Honda HR-V possible changes
There is a big chance to see a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 Honda HR-V. This update could include various changes. First of all, we could see some visual improvement. Just like it is usual for these kinds of updates, most of the changes will come at the front. The current model still looks pretty fresh and still follows the newest design language of the company. So, even if we see some changes, those will be minor. For example, we could see some modifications on the grill or front bumper. Just like we mentioned, all changes will be visual nature. Base characteristics will remain the same, including engine and complete mechanics.
When it comes to the interior design, we could also see some minor tweaks. The base cabin layout will definitely remain the same, but we could see some tweaks on the dashboard.
2019 Honda HR-V features
When it comes to equipment, we don’t expect bigger changes. The base organization will remain the same, but each trim could receive few novelties. The current model comes in three variants.
The base LX trim comes with standard features like 17-inch wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, Honda’s famous Magic Seats, a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, four-speaker sound system etc.
A mid-range EX adds things like a sunroof, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition and heated front seats. It also features a 7-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio system and smartphone integration.
Finally, there is an EX-L Navi which includes features like roof rails, leather upholstery, a navigation system with voice recognition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and satellite and HD radio. The new 2019 Honda HR-V should come with the same base organization, with few novelties for each model.
2019 Honda HR-V engines
Things under the hood will most likely remain unchanged. The North American model will come with a familiar 1.8-liter gasoline engine, which is good for about 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes in a pair with either CVT or 6-speed manual gearbox. An AWD model is also available. When it comes to fuel economy, this engine returns around 30 miles per gallon in a combined drive.
For some other markets, there is also a 1.5-liter engine, which comes in two output configurations, depending on the country. For the domestic Japanese market, there is a version with 130 horses and 114 pound-feet of torque.
On the other side, in countries like Indonesia and Russia, there is a version with 120 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. These versions also come with either manual transmission or CVT.
2019 Honda HR-V release date and price
The 2019 Honda HR-V will come somewhere in the second half of 2018. We don’t expect bigger changes in price, which means that base models will go around 20.000, while top-range versions could go up to 27.000 dollars.