After a 10 year sabbatical, the 2018 Honda HR-V looks all set to be re-released with only one objective – to reclaim the market. With the Japanese being pioneers in the sub-compact SUV market; their crossover fleet looks to be enlarged by another model with this new 2018 Honda HR-V.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding this new model. Honda has already hinted at a remodelled new CR-V being launched somewhere around 2017. Also, this Honda HR-V 2018 will be released into to cover the whole crossover market segment.
2018 Honda HR-V – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
In addition, every piece of information surrounding this upcoming model is based completely on speculation and rumours. Also, that the design language is going to be a mirror of the bigger CR-V is obvious. Dimensions will also increase in all probability. Expectations suggest adding a more modern touch to it.
For the 2018 Honda HR-V to stamp its authority in the market would require Japanese automakers to keep up with its competitors in this segment. Also, the upcoming urban customer base has led to a major growth in the crossover segment in the past few years. Thus an urban edgy stylish design language is mandatory.
It is customary to expect Honda to come up with some exciting new features and innovations as far as interiors go. Value-for-money is umpteen for a crossover, and the Japanese will look to capitalise on it as they have been doing consistently throughout.
Interiors will blend both luxury and utility given the price-range being on the lower side of the automobile market. Infotainment is expected to be best-in-class with Honda aiming to garner the best reviews in this sector.
2018 Honda HR-V – Under the Hood
In addition, the performance will slide more towards fuel economy although being an urban crossover, a sprightly engine aids into the overall customer review. Rumoured specs based on previous generations and Honda’s current array of power units as below:
- Engine Types – 1.5 L Inline 4/ 1.8 L Inline 4
- Power Output – 120hp+115lb-ft/ 145hp+130lb-ft
- Fuel Economy/EPA – 27/32/29 [City/Highway/Combined] [1.5 L]
The 1.5-liter is rumoured to be an entry-level unit for this upcoming 2018 HR-V. Fuel economy is rated to be near best-in-segment. The other variant, the 1.8 L, is expected as a sportier option for higher trims give that buyers often prefer them because of the obvious affordability.
- Transmission – 6 Speed Manual/Auto
- Suspension – AWD
Both manual and automatic options will be provided as options. Honda will introduce a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) from entry-level models. Mated with the 6 Speed transmissions, this will give a light-footedness which is needed for proper city driving. Also, the car is itself light-weight. And with the 1.8-liter option, it will surely outpace quite a few of its rivals. An All-Wheel Drive (AWD) suspension is expected throughout the range.
As rumours suggest, so this Honda HR-V 2018 will be available in 3 trims:
In conclusion, the 2018 Honda HR-V LX will be the entry-level model expected at around $20,000. Also, the sticker price may rise till the low or mid $30,000 for the EX-L trim.
2018 Honda HR-V – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
- Estimated Price – $20,000 upwards
- Release Date – Q1/Q2 2018