Honda’s sporty small SUV


04 December 2018

HONDA has revealed details of a forthcoming sporty version of its HR-V small SUV model with enhanced performance.

It uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and gains upgrades to the chassis and suspension. To be known as the HR-V Sport, it also gets the refreshed exterior styling and interior upgrades of the rest of the 2019 HR-V range, with additional bespoke design features. 

The 1.5-litre turbo engine was first seen in the latest-generation Honda Civic. The muscular four-cylinder engine endows the  HR-V with enhanced performance thanks to peak power of 180bhp at 5,500rpm for in the case of the six-speed manual and at 6,000rpm for the CVT version. Equipped with the six-speed manual transmission as standard, the maximum torque of 240Nm is achieved between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. With the optional CVT, 220Nm of pulling power is delivered between 1,700rpm and 5,500 rpm. 

Honda says it has developed the HR-V Sport to cater for buyers who want a sportier driving experience from a subcompact SUV. As part of a package that aims to deliver an optimised balance of body rigidity, suspension control and steering feel, the HR-V Sport is equipped with special 'Performance Damper' technology. The damper system is integrated at the front and rear of the car and works by counteracting the relative lateral and torsional movement through the chassis. It keeps the car flatter through corners, enhances stability during sudden lane changes and reduces vibration over uneven roads. 

The steering set-up is unique to the Sport model, employing a variable ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion system, which is complemented by Honda's Agile Handling Assist technology.

Upgrades to the exterior design include a new interpretation of Honda’s 'Solid Wing Face’ graphic, with a high-gloss black chrome panel that replaces the darkened chrome of the standard HR-V. An exclusive black honeycomb finish is applied to the front grille garnish, which also carries over into the fog light surrounds. 

The HR-V Sport also employs dynamic styling elements, including a slim front splitter, side skirts, wheel arch mouldings and a more aggressive rear bumper – all finished in black. Sport trim also includes black door mirror caps, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels in a unique design. 

LED headlights come as standard and incorporate high and low beams, LED indicators and LED daytime running lights. At the rear, a black chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the trim at the front, while the tail lights are enhanced with a dark smoked effect and black inner bars as the standard. 

Inside, new seats for the driver and front passenger provide enhanced support in the seat cushion and back rest. The dynamic styling continues in the interior with exclusive combi seats in black and dark red combined with black roof lining to enhance the sporty appeal. 

Production of the HR-V Sport is set to start today, with the first deliveries in Spring. Prices have yet to be announced.