Honda has revealed the new HR-V Sport, part of the revised 2019 model line-up. It comes equipped with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged petrol engine as well as upgrades to the chassis and suspension. The HR-V Sport benefits from the refreshed exterior styling and interior upgrades of the standard 2019 HR-V, in addition to some unique styling touches.
The 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine in the new HR-V Sport was first seen in the latest generation Honda Civic. Offering 182PS and 240Nm of torque, it gives the HR-V previously-unseen levels of performance. It’s available with a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox.
Honda developed the HR-V Sport to cater to 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 bespoke ‘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 model, employing a variable ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion system, which is complemented by Honda’s Agile Handling Assist technology. It delivers a steady response at on-centre and near-centre steering angles, and a smoother response at off-centre steering angles.
The HR-V Sport comprises dynamic styling elements, including a slim front splitter, side skirts, plus 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 2019 HR-V.
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 2019 model year Honda HR-V Sport is set to start in December 2018, with the first customer deliveries in Spring 2019. To keep up to date or to find out more, head over to the Honda website.