Here’s a leaked image of the Honda HR-V facelift from what appears to be a Japanese brochure. In Japan, it is known as the Honda Vezel. We know that the minor change for Honda’s B-segment SUV is coming very soon, not just because it has been around in current form since late 2013, but because disguised mules have been spotted testing in Malaysia late last year.

We now get a good look at the upcoming HR-V facelift’s revised front end, and it’s no big surprise that Honda has only given the popular crossover a minor nip and tuck. The brand’s current corporate face is now on the HR-V, with the signature thick chrome bar as seen on the facelifted Accord (and the upcoming next-gen) as well as the Civic FC. Like top variants of those two sedans, the HR-V is now available with full LED reflector headlamps (projector LEDs now), which have the appearance of scales on Hondas.

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Below the new grille is a reprofiled bumper with larger “side air intakes” than before. Like today’s car, those black pieces house the fog lamps, which are round instead of egg-shaped like on the original Vezel/HR-V. The 16-inch wheels seen here will be familiar to early Malaysian buyers of the HR-V, which has since gone on to wear 17-inch dual-tone rims.

If the recent trend continues, we should be seeing and getting the HR-V facelift very soon after Japan, if not the same time or earlier. The refreshed HR-V will be the incumbent that the much-teased but yet to arrive Toyota C-HR will have to beat, although the latter has a different price range (RM146k) and positioning. Like what you see?

GALLERY: Current Honda HR-V