Model for the 2019 year is out and we can see test mules of the Honda HR-V on roads. We don’t have much to say, but it is obvious the 2020 Honda HR‑V is the vehicle on spy photos. The crossover will suffer minor changes and present the new look. More distinctive appearance is a highlight of the facelift for the next model.
This is the result of good sales in 2018. The crossover was one of the most popular vehicles in its segment before. But, at some point of this year, it was #1 in sold units. After such results, the carmaker decides to facelift the crossover as the part of the mid-cycle update. Test mule confirms the presence of the vehicle and unveils few details. Since there are huge panels on the front fascia, we believe that is the part that suffers most changes.
2020 Honda HR‑V Specs
Under the hood of the 2020 Honda HR‑V remains a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. This unit is capable to deliver 140 hp and 130 pound-feet of torque. Lovers of subcompact vehicles are very happy with the performance of this petrol unit. Front-wheel drive is standard. Buyers will have an option to choose from a six-speed manual transmission and an automatic CVT. If they pick the other one, there is another choice available – all-wheel drive. This mode is not available for a manual gearbox. The HRV is going to be one of the most economical crossovers in the market, reaching 35 mpg with FWD/CVT combination.
In some countries, buyers can purchase the 2020 Honda HR‑V with a diesel engine. It is a 1.6-liter unit capable to create 120 hp. Honda cuts this unit in Europe. There, and in other parts of the world, the subcompact crossover is available with a 1.5-liter petrol engine as the base solution. A 1.8 petrol model is top of the class offered there.
The new hybrid system might be available later as part of the 2019 lineup. The prototype was presented at Frankfurt car show. The base of the system is a 2.0-liter four-pot engine with Atkinson cycle. Besides the power, the petrol unit is recharging the electric battery, as the second part of the hybrid combination. A special transmission comes with this type of crossover. The 2020 Honda HR‑V will get the i-MMD system for intelligent control of fuel consumption.
2020 Honda HR‑V Facelift
For the upcoming seasons, the 2020 Honda HR‑V will be more aggressive. The crossover is wider and higher, while its length remains the same. Also, the HR-V keeps the spot in the subcompact class. The hybrid model will get the special look. It is more aggressive and longer than its standard model. Wheel arches and grille are bolder. Larger wheels and narrower A-pillars are another difference. Radiator grille and new bumper are standard facelift tricks. With these parts, the 2020 HR‑V will look fresher.
2020 Honda HR‑V Release Date
Although the European fans already saw a hybrid variant, the standard 2020 Honda HR‑V will come first for the US market. It should happen next spring. European petrol models will arrive in the second part of 2019, and hybrid will wait for the last months to debut. We are not sure yet if it is coming for the US. But, it will be a huge mistake for Honda if they don’t launch 2020 Honda HR‑V Hybrid in the United States.
The company is going to keep the price of 2020 Honda HR‑V. The crossover will cost under $21,000 to be more competitive. Whatsoever, there are always upper trim levels that cost more. Touring model with navigation and few extra features will carry $30,000 price tag. Buyers in Japan know this model as Vezel, and in China, it will appear under XR-V badge.