The Honda HR-V facelift has been revealed in Thailand, where it will be in showrooms from July 8. The refreshed B-segment SUV made its home market debut in February this year. Already spotted testing here, it should be on Honda Malaysia’s cards.

No big changes to a popular product, and the facelifted car is immediately familiar. The biggest changes are in front, where the Honda logo now sits on a thick bar. Top spec cars get new LED headlamps in the same “scaled” style as the Civic, while the U-shaped “mouth” is now wider. The bumper has been reprofiled and the foglamps are now LED strips.

Elsewhere, there’s a slim chrome bar linking the tail lamps, which have two horizontal LED tubes in Thailand’s case. Our neighbouring market gets a new RS trim level, and the top sporty spec adds on unique two-tone five-spoke 17-inch wheels. The rims on E and EL grades are the 17-inch rims we’re familiar with.

Compared with the mid EL with full body coloured trim, the RS gets contrasting gloss black on the entire lower portion and mirror caps. The Passion Red Pearl colour you see here is new and exclusive to the RS, and so are new-to-model items such as a panoramic sunroof and City Brake Active System (CTBA), which is autonomous emergency braking that works between 5 and 30 km/h.

Honda LaneWatch, a camera that comes on when the passenger side signal is flicked on, is available on the EL and RS, along with side curtain airbags to make it six in total (four airbags for E). The two top trims also get a seven-inch touchscreen head unit and the Walk Away Auto Lock function first seen on the Civic. No full Honda Sensing suite or a hybrid variant as available in Japan, leaving the Toyota C-HR as the sole hybrid option in the class.

No change to the powertrain, which combines a 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC unit with 141 hp/172 Nm to a CVT automatic gearbox with paddle shifters as standard. Thai prices start from 949,000 baht (RM116,052) for the E, rising to 1.059 million baht (RM129,504) for the EL. The top RS spec HR-V goes for 1.119 million baht (RM136,859).


GALLERY: Pre-facelift Honda HR-V Mugen in Malaysia