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    Refreshed 2018 Honda HR-V launched in Indonesia, Indian launch expected in 2019

    by Monalisa Saha on Tuesday, Aug 07 2018

    Honda HR-V Main

    The new updated 2018 Honda HR-V SUV has been launched at the ongoing GIIAS 2018. Honda’s Indonesian subsidiary - Honda Prospect Motor has introduced the HR-V SUV by taking the advantage of the great platform of the 2018 GIIAS at a starting price range of 279 million IDR (approx Rs. 13.22 lakhs) for the base S-MT model, while the price goes up to 395 million IDR (approx Rs. 18.72 lakhs) for the top of the range 1.8 liter CVT model. The refreshed new 2018 Honda HR-V SUV comes with only mild exterior updates and comes with the same patent wing-style grille design with the company insignia in the middle and a new honeycomb mesh pattern for the upper section. The vehicle also gets a revised sharper front bumper design and full LED headlights. On the top of the range model now comes with a panoramic sunroof as well as newly designed 17 inch alloy wheels. At the rear that HR-V facelift sports a new chrome strip that joins the tail lights offering a sportier and wider visual appeal. There are also new lamps, while Honda Motor has introduced a new body paint option on the HR-V facelift, named as 'Passion Red Pearl'. 

    Honda HR-V Interior
    Honda HR-V Interior
    Honda HR-V Interior
    On the inside, the new updated 2018 Honda HR-V SUV comes with quite a handful of updated including newly designed front seats which offer improved comfort as well as support to the front occupants of the SUV. The Japanese car major has introduced a new 7 inch HD touchscreen infotainment system on the HR-V facelift which comes along with navigation as well as voice control functions along with connectivity options such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Indonesian-spec model of the Honda HR-V facelift model has also come endowed with advanced safety technologies to improve the safety and security quotient of the SUV. The updated HR-V’s improved safety suite includes technologies such as the Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display as well as the City-Brake Active System (CTBA) which is an autonomous emergency braking system that was earlier offered only on the European and Japanese spec models of the HR-V. 
    Honda HR-V Interior
    Honda HR-V Exterior
    Honda HR-V Exterior
    Honda HR-V Exterior

    In the car market of Indonesia, the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV model gets equipped with two engine options, namely a 4-cylinder 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine and a 4-cylinder 1.8 liter i-VTEC unit. The 1.5 litre engine has the capability to offer a max power output of 120 PS along with a top torque of 145 Nm, while the larger 1.8 litre engine is good to generate 139 PS and 169 Nm. Only the base S-MT model of the Honda HR-V gets mated to a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox, while all the upper trim models come equipped with a CVT gearbox. The Honda HR-V SUV has been highly awaited in India, ever since it was first launched in the international markets. Honda never intended to launch the HR-V in India and instead launched the more affordable BR-V in our country. However, as the BR-V is not much of success in India and there are good customer inquiries about the HR-V, Honda Cars India is considering to bring in the HR-V SUV to India, and it might launch here sometime next year.


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