The Honda HR-V looks set to receive its first facelift, as a covered-up test mule has been spotted near Digital Mall PJ by reader Syazwan Ali. As we’ve yet to see a facelifted HR-V in any other market, Malaysia could very well be among the first few countries in the world to receive it.

Focusing on the vehicle’s front, we spot a more pronounced and upright front grille, likely inspired by what is seen on the latest Civic. The lower apron also appears to have been redesigned to feature larger fog lamp enclosures, and the honeycomb mesh for the lower intake has been replaced with slats instead.

At the rear, a large part of the tailgate has been covered off, with only parts of the taillights and reverse camera being shown to us, although the former doesn’t appear to sport new graphics as far as we can see. Reasonable guesses for what’s changed under the black covers include new garnishes for the tailgate, and more far-fetched ones involve the word ‘hybrid’.

The B-segment SUV first made its Malaysian launch debut back in 2015, where it quickly became a sales success. A minor update was introduced in May last year, where a new body colour and wheels were made available.

GALLERY: Current Honda HR-V