Honda has released the first details of the 2019 HR-V compact SUV. The new model features a slightly different exterior styling, updates to the interior and technology. Sadly, Honda India has no plans to launch the HR-V in India for now.

Upgrades to the exterior design include a more substantial interpretation of Honda’s ‘Solid Wing Face’ graphic, with a new, high-gloss dark chrome panel that replaces the black-and-chrome combination above the grille. The front bumper features deeper air intake sections that house circular fog lights, and the headlights now have projector lenses with redesigned LED daytime running lights as standard. At the rear, a dark chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the new trim at the front, and the rear lights sit within darker lens casings.

Higher-grade models feature a new 17-inch alloy design, and the exhaust tailpipe has a chrome finisher. The headlights and rear lights are upgraded to full LED units, and the rear casings are enhanced with dark ‘smoked’ effect.

The HR-V features Honda’s innovative magic seat configuration while the redesigned seats improve overall comfort levels. The standard fabric upholstery now uses a higher quality material, while top grade models feature a full leather interior as standard.

From launch, the 2019 HR-V will be available with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine, which offers 130bhp and 155Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100kmph takes 10.2 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual, and 10.9 seconds with the optional CVT. Production of the 1.5-litre model has started with the deliveries commencing from October. A sportier, 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine will follow next year in Europe alongside a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.