A sporty new RS variant and the addition of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard are the headline grabbers for the refreshed 2018 Honda HR-V line-up.
Found on the new HR-V RS grade are 18-inch black and silver alloy wheels, piano black body kit including mirror caps and license-plate garnish, a new honeycomb sports grille, LED front fog lights, special RS badging and exterior accents in dark chrome.
A leather sports steering wheel and heated front seats with new-design leather are also found inside the new addition.
Exclusive to the HR-V RS is the new Phoenix Orange paint colour.
The RS will also feature Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering, which is also found on the Honda Civic and Honda CR-V, as well as front stabiliser bars and improved suspension.
For the rest of the 2018 HR-V range, AEB is now standard on all models, the system is designed to work at speeds less than 30km/h via a radar built into the windscreen, which detects possible obstructions before applying the brakes if necessary.
There’s no word yet on the availability of the Honda Sensing Suite on the updated HR-V range. The safety pack adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist.
Powering the HR-V range will be the 105kW/172Nm four-cylinder engine which is carried over from the 2017 version.
Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins, said: “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.”
Full pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the local launch though customers can register their interest in the updated HR-V now. Watch this space!
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