Specifications and pricing have been confirmed for the updated 2018 Honda HR-V range, the refreshed SUV goes on sale in August priced from $24,990 plus on-road costs.
The HR-V range now consists of four models with the addition of a new RS variant.
The new RS grade gets 18-inch black and silver alloy wheels, piano black body kit, a new honeycomb sports grille, LED front fog lights, special RS badging and exterior accents in dark chrome. The RS also gets a new colour option in Phoenix Orange.
On the inside, the RS features leather seat trim, heated front seats, sports pedals, sports leather steering wheel and leather gear selector.
To deliver a sportier drive, the RS is equipped with variable gear ratio steering within the motion adaptive electric power steering, front stabiliser bars and improved suspension.
For the rest of the 2018 HR-V range, autonomous emergency braking 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.
Honda hasn’t made the Honda Sensing Suite available, even as an option, which deprives the HR-V of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist.
The base models VTi is armed with LED daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, automatic single-zone climate control, electric park brake and a customisable speed alarm.
Moving up a rung to the VTi-S adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, rear parking sensors, front LED fog lights, automatic LED headlights, chrome interior trim, keyless entry with push-button start and a leather steering wheel.
The range-topping VTi-LX features a panoramic sunroof, chrome door handles, front and rear parking sensors, LED Interior lights, auto dimming rear-view mirror, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, forward collision warning, high-beam assist and lane departure warning.
All models also miss out of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a surprise considering Honda has embraced the tech in other model lines. HR-V owners get a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen featuring Bluetooth and satellite navigation.
Power continues to come from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 105kW of power and 172Nm of torque, paired with a CVT automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is listed as 6.9L/100km on the combined cycle.
The new HR-V line-up is on sale across dealers nationally from 1st August.
2018 Honda HR-V pricing (excludes on-road costs):
HR-V VTi - $24,990
HR-V VTi-S - $27,990
HR-V RS - $31,990
HR-V VTi-LX - $34,590
Metallic paint adds an extra $575 on all models except the RS variant.
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