India-bound 2018 Honda HR-V facelift leaked online, to compete with Hyundai Creta

2018 Honda HR-V facelift, which is sold as Honda Vezel in Japan, will go on sale in its home country in February. It will eventually be launched in other international markets. When launched in India, it will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta.

By: | Updated: January 23, 2018 1:59 PM

Honda HR-V is sold as Honda Vezel in Japan

Auto Expo 2018 is likely to the official unveiling of Honda HR-V followed by a subsequent launch, considering the success of the RV range in India. And now, an image of the 2018 Honda HR-V has leaked online and was posted by Headlightmag. It will be called 2018 Honda Vezel in the Japanese market. The 2018 version of the compact SUV will receive a minor refresh in Japan this year. The front end of the 2018 Honda HR-V has been changed minutely, and now features a bigger grille, a larger Honda logo, sharper bumper, wider and lower air intake, bigger fog lamp housing, along with new LED headlamps. The Japanese report also says that the new Honda HR-V will also feature a chrome tailgate garnish connecting the tail lamps.

While the current Honda HR-V comes with 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol, 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol, 1.6L i-DTEC diesel and 1.5L i-DTEC+i-DCD hybrid (petrol-electric) engine options, it is so far not known if there will be any changes to these in the new Honda HR-V. Honda Cars could also bring a hybrid option, one that was introduced in Japan in 2016.

2018 Honda HRV facelift (2018 Honda Vezel) [Image: Headlightmag]

On the inside, not much is expected to change in the 2018 Honda HR-V, except improved upholstery and the addition of Honda's latest infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2018 Honda Vezel will go on sale in Japan in February, followed by its launch in other international markets in some time. There still may be a long wait before India launch of the 2018 Honda HR-V happens sometime in 2019.

Honda HR-V will take on the likes of the Renault Captur and the Hyundai Creta in India. However, it is likely that the top variants could overlap with the likes of bigger SUVs like Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500.

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