Honda hasn’t announced the updates to the 2019 HR-V, but now that it’s been on the market for three years, the 2019 model year will bring some mid-cycle updates. Sources have revealed some of the updates that we can expect, including a new Sport trim level and sadly the deletion of the six-speed manual.
Sources revealed the 2019 HR-V’s updates to Temple of VTEC, who also recently got an early scoop on the changes to the 2019 Pilot. The 2019 Honda HR-V is expected to get a refreshed exterior, which will likely look pretty close to the 2019 Vezel, which the HR-V is badged as in other markets. On the outside all models will also now feature standard LED daytime running lights.
Under the hood the 2019 HR-V will continue to be powered by Honda’s outdated 1.8L four-cylinder. It would have been nice if the 2019 HR-V received Honda’s turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder, but it looks like that won’t happen until hopefully the next generation HR-V. The 1.8L will now only be available with a CVT, since the low take rate on the six-speed manual has caused Honda to delete it from the options list.
Following the Sport trim that’s available on the Civic, Fit and Accord, the 2019 HR-V will now also offer a similar package. The HR-V Sport trim will likely add some sportier exterior add ons and represent a new value option in between the LX and EX trim levels. The HR-V Sport will come standard with 18-inch wheels, a 7-inch display audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, sport pedals, a black roof liner, paddle shifters, fog lights, standard roof rails and active noise cancellation.
All 2019 HR-V trim levels will get standard halogen projector headlights and a new cupholder design. The EX trim level adds push button start, Honda Sensing, Lanewatch, heated front seats, automatic climate control, moonroof, and auto headlights. The EX-L trim level adds leather seats and an auto dimming rear view mirror.
Step up to the new Touring trim level and you get standard all-wheel drive, a navigation system, 8-way power driver’s seat and LED headlights and LED foglights.
We’ll likely get the formal announcement about the 2019 Honda HR-V soon.
Source: Temple of VTEC