Well, what d’ya know – merely two days after driving the new 2015 Honda HR-V in Thailand, yours truly stumbled upon several units of the new B-segment crossover packed up on a trailer on Jalan Jelatek, practically unattended.

We’ve gone through the top-of-the-range Grade V before, but this is the first time we’re also seeing the lower-end E and S models. While the poor lighting conditions made it impossible to grab a clear shot of the interior, each model was able to be fairly thoroughly scrutinised, providing a detailed look at the different equipment levels.

For a start, all variants will feature the same 16-inch wheels, front fog lights, LED tail lights, a shark fin antenna, soft-touch plastic interior trim with faux stitching, an electronic parking brake, auto brake hold and stability control.

Only the V variant gets the twin-projector LED headlights – the S and E models make do with regular halogen reflectors. Additionally, the base S also loses out on LED door mirror indicators, utilising fender-mounted repeaters instead.

Inside, the bottom two grades don’t get cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel or leather-lined upper door cards (replaced with fabric trim), all of which are reserved for Grade V. Dropping down to S trim also takes away steering wheel-mounted audio controls and touch panel automatic air conditioning – you get manual knobs for the latter instead.

The audio system in each model is also different – Grade V gets a seven-inch touchscreen Display Audio infotainment system, Grade E receives a smaller 5.1-inch system, while Grade S is given a regular double-DIN radio and CD/MP3 player. Safety-wise, while the V is confirmed to get six airbags, we’re expecting the lesser models to drop the count to two.

Standard on every HR-V is  the Civic‘s 1.8 litre R18A i-VTEC four-pot mated to a G-Design Shift CVT and front-wheel drive, churning out somewhere around the 141 PS and 172 Nm of torque quoted for the Thai-market models.

It shouldn’t be very long now before the 2015 Honda HR-V is finally unveiled in Malaysia, with a launch date set somewhere early next month. Can’t wait? You can read our impressions from our preview drive in Chiang Mai here.

Honda HR-V Grade V, Malaysian-spec

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