We are not so sure whether the Japanese car manufacturer works on one more trim level or the 2019 Honda HR-V is actually getting an early facelift, but something is definitely cooking in Honda’s facilities. The small SUV made a great impact worldwide and have achieved pretty high sale figures, so the update seems logical, simply because the manufacturer wants to earn more money while the high-riding car is still hot. Some rumors indicate that Honda may add a hybrid option beneath the hood, or even an all-electric system, but we think it’s too early for the EV at the moment.
2019 Honda HR-V: New Turbo and Plug-In Hybrid
The most likely possibility is an all-new gasoline engine options. Let’s get straight. The existing 1.8-liter unit will stay unchanged. Meaning it’s going to deliver 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed manual or a CVT to front- or all four wheels. Honda figures out that the crossover desperately needs a choice, so they might add an optional 1.5-liter turbo four. If everything goes according to the plan, the more potent 2019 Honda HR-V will get 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of twist.
If Honda decided to introduce the 2019 HR-V plug-in hybrid it’s going to rely on the same system as the newest Clarity model without any doubt. The car uses a powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 with Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, which draws power from a 17-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. We don’t know how many ponies will deliver the system, yet we are sure it’s going to be able to cross up to 40 miles without any help of the gasoline engine.
Styling Changes and New Features
Even though rumors about the 2019 HR-V facelift have started two or three months ago, our photographers haven’t managed to catch any camouflaged prototype so far. Still, that doesn’t mean the crossover won’t feature anything new. On the contrary, the small SUV will likely get updated end with new bumpers and light graphics. The interior will hopefully host better quality materials and perhaps some new trims. The dash is definitely getting a larger screen because the Japanese car manufacturer needs to follow the latest trends. Since we are talking about the mid-cycle update, don’t expect more space or different footprint. That’s not going to happen for sure because the refreshed crossover sits on the unchanged platform.
Price and Arrival
The 2019 Honda HR-V won’t change the starting price for sure. However, both the new turbo and possible plug-in hybrid models will cost more. The refreshed crossover should see the light of the day before the end of 2018.