Honda has announced that the 2019 HR-V will be available in Sport trim, adding unique styling elements and uprated suspension to the compact SUV for the first time.
Powered by the 180bhp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder VTEC turbocharged engine available in the latest Honda Civic hatchback, the Sport trim uses a revised damper set up to keep the HR-V level when cornering.
The Sport is differentiated from the standard HR-V by its black honeycomb front grille, door mirrors and fog light surrounds. Dual-exit exhaust pipes and unique 18in alloy wheels give the variant a more purposeful stance than the entry-level model.
Inside, more supportive seats, finished in black and red, and a black headlining come as standard.
The car maker is aiming the trim level at “buyers who want a sportier driving experience from a subcompact SUV”, and is set to begin production in December, with the first HR-V Sports being delivered early next year.
Revised Honda HR-V chases rivals with styling and engine upgrades
The facelifted Honda HR-V was revealed back in August with styling and technology upgrades to better compete in the small SUV segment.
A thorough facelift alters the exterior, interior and engine range, with a 1.6-litre diesel leading the line-up. It will now be joined by the 1.5-litre turbo petrol.
The HR-V's new styling joins the rest of the range in bearing Honda’s ‘solid wing face’, with a large chrome shape added to the front end of the car. A new paint colour and a new alloy wheel design will also be available.
Inside, Honda claims to have improved the upholstery fabric and the design of the seats for better comfort. It has also aimed to improve refinement, with a greater use of soundproofing throughout, as well as a noise cancellation system to counter low-end engine noise.