The Honda HR-V was first introduced back in the ‘90’s, Honda were trying to be ‘cool’ and called it the ‘Joy Machine’ (if you turned the steering wheel upside down, it looked like a smiling face). Honda pulled the plug on the HR-V in 2006, but then decided to reintroduce it again recently; 2014.
The new HR-V is somewhat different from the original Joy Machine, it’s now a mini crossover / SUV, and it looks good. For those that are looking for a smaller version of an SUV, this is the one to have.
2018 Honda HRV Release date
Honda haven’t said when they intend to release the 2018 Honda HR-V, but all indications point toward a late 2017 release, although some industry insiders have suggested it could even be as late as 2018.
2018 Honda HRV release date: late 2017
2018 Honda HRV Price
We don’t expect to see much of a price rise for the new model, so the base model should still be in the region of $20,000, maybe add a few hundred dollars for inflation.
2018 Honda HRV Redesign and changes
The new Honda HR-V is in no way dated, so don’t expect Honda to go all out in the update department, it’s going to be more minor and subtle changes, including colors for the exterior (the interior will remain the same though).
2018 Honda HRV Video
2018 Honda HRV Specs
Although Honda will be producing the HR-V with two different motors, only one of those (the more powerful) will make it to the U.S. market.
In Europe, they will have the choice of a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder gas engine, making just 120 BHP and 115 lb/ft of torque, here in the U.S., we’ll have the 1.8 liter 4-cylinder gas motor, power isn’t great at 150 BHP and 140 lb/ft torque, but its usable. Transmission will be a 6-speed manual as standard, or you can opt for the CVT version (although this will be an extra of course).
On the outside, there will be some minor changes; our money would be on the most obvious – an updated and revised grille, restyled headlamps and different bumpers, although of course, Honda haven’t said as such.
We think that there will also be minor revisions at the rear; different tail lights and slightly redesigned bumper.
As far as we know, nothing has been planned to change on the interior, not even the color schemes, but expect to see a little more tech and equipment fitted as standard rather as an optional extra.