It has been a while coming, but it looks like the market introduction of the Honda HR-V facelift is around the corner. The specification sheet for the SUV – which was first previewed here in July last year and was scheduled to be launched sometime in Q3 last year, but was then delayed – has now emerged, and reveals the local model line-up in full.

The refreshed HR-V range in Malaysia will consist of four variants, three of these being regular petrol units – this starts with a base Grade E, followed by a Grade V, and topping out with the RS that was previewed last year. The fourth is HR-V Hybrid, its arrival in this market already alluded to by Honda Malaysia some time back when a range of hybrids from the automaker was sampled in Japan, the Vezel Hybrid masked by a mix of Fit, Grace, Jade and Freed hybrids.

The facelift introduces a new front end to the car, which measures in at 4,334 mm long, 1,772 mm wide and 1,605 mm tall in the case of the E, V and Hybrid, with a 2,610 mm-long wheelbase. The RS, which adds a sportier outlook with darkened contrast elements, including dark chrome door handles, black chrome license garnish and gloss black side sills and black fog lamp garnish, is longer by 12 mm and wider by 18 mm, with ride height remaining the same.

Exterior design tweaks for the mid-cycle refresh include a revised grille, featuring a thicker bar on which the Honda logo sits, along with new reflector-type full-LED headlamps, a reprofiled bumper and LED fog lamps. The rear end gets a new horizontal chrome link strip on the tailgate linking the tail lights, which now feature tube-type LED guides.

In terms of wheels, the E, V and Hybrid ride on 17-inch alloys, wrapped with 215/55 profile tyres, while the RS comes equipped with 18-inch two-tone five-spoke wheels and 225/50 series rubbers. Some differences in kerb weight – the E tips the scales at 1,257 kg, while the V weighs in at 1,271 kg. The RS and hybrid add on to this, measuring in at 1,290 kg and 1,300 kg respectively.

Boot space – for all the petrol variants – is 437 litres with the rear seats up, increasing to 1,032 with the seats folded. The hybrid gets a slightly smaller boot, volume on this one being 404 litres with the rear seats up and 991 litres with the rear bench folded down. Unlike the petrol version, the hybrid doesn’t come with a spare tyre but a temporary tyre repair kit.

There are no changes to the powertrain and running gear for the petrol version, the facelift continuing on with the familiar 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine offering 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4,300 rpm, and this is paired with a CVT ‘box with paddle shifters. Specific to the RS model is a new Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system.

The HR-V hybrid features the Sport Hybrid i-DCD (intelligent dual-clutch drive) powertrain as seen on the Jazz Hybrid. This combines an Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre twin-cam i-VTEC engine and a 22 kW (30 PS)/160 Nm electric motor, which is juiced by a Blue Energy lithium-ion traction battery, working with a seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The output from the mill itself is up from that seen on the Jazz, the unit delivering 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 156 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Combined with the output from the electric motor, the system produces a combined 152 PS and 190 Nm of torque, slightly higher than that of the petrol-equipped model.

In terms of kit, the HR-V facelift is pretty uniformly specified from base model on. As standard, all variants come equipped with smart entry/push button ignition, automatic air-conditioning, auto headlights, daytime running lights, cruise control, paddle shifters, steering wheel audio controls and four speakers for the audio system, among others.

All versions come with a three-spoke steering wheel, but for the E and Hybrid this is finished in split leather, with upholstery being black half leather for the two models. They also feature halogen headlights (with manual levelling) and bulbed front fog lamps, and the audio system display screen is a 6.8-inch unit.

The V and RS adds on a full leather steering wheel and full leather upholstery, finished in black in the case of the V. Both variants also get LED headlights (with auto levelling), LED front fog lamps and a different LED configuration to the tail lamps (guides instead of direct LEDs on the E and Hybrid). The V and RS also come with a 7.0-inch audio display screen, and get an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

The interior of the RS, meanwhile, is a two-tone affair, as shown at KLIMS 18. The chosen primary shade is ivory, with dark grey providing contrast. The combination can be found on dashboard and centre console in the same fashion as the Japanese Vezel hybrid, but the seats for the Malaysian car are in a single colour, in this case, ivory.

In terms of safety, the HR-V now comes as standard with six airbags (dual front, side and side curtain), which was previously available only on the top V trim level on the pre-facelift. Also on, an emergency stop signal (ESS), vehicle stability assist (VSA) and hill start assist (HSA) and a multi-angle rearview camera as standard across the model range.

The preview had highlighted that the RS is equipped the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera, and as surmised correctly, it’s not the only variant to come with LaneWatch – the Grade V also comes with the system. However, there’s no City Brake Active System (CTBA) autonomous emergency braking on the local car.

As for colours, five shades will be available for the HR-V 1.8 litre petrol, led by the new Passion Red Pearl paint, which is offered not just with the RS but for the E and V as well. The four other colours are White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Ruse Black Metallic.

The hybrid HR-V, meanwhile, will be available in three colours – Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic. Pricing is the only thing left to be revealed, and that should be very soon now.

Honda HR-V 1.8L Grade E

Gets as standard:
1.8 litre engine with 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4,300 rpm
Continuously variable transmission
17-inch alloys wheels with 215/55 profile tyres
437 litres of cargo space, 1,032 litres with rear seats folded down

Non-painted black front/rear lower bumpers and side sill
Body coloured side mirror cover
Body coloured outer door handle
Halogen headlights, auto, manual levelling
LED tail lamps (direct)
Daytime running lights
Bulbed front fog lamps
Shark fin antenna
Dark chrome licence plate garnish

Smart entry/push button start
Steering wheel audio controls
Paddle shift
Advanced multi-information combination meter
Auto air-conditioning
Cruise control
Three-spoke steering wheel, split leather
Half-leather black upholstery
6.8-inch display audio system, four speakers
HDMI/USB and hands-free telephone connectivity

Six airbags (dual front, side, side curtain)
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
ABS, EBD, automatic brake hold and hill start assist
Isofix mount points
Multi-angle rearview camera

Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic

Honda HR-V 1.5L Hybrid

Gets as standard:
Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre twin-cam i-VTEC engine with 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 156 Nm at 4,600 rpm.
22 kW (30 PS)/160 Nm electric motor, with Blue Energy lithium-ion traction battery
Sport Hybrid i-DCD system has a combined output of 152 PS and 190 Nm
Seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission.
404 litres of cargo space, 991 litres with rear seats folded down

On top of the Grade E, adds on:
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) steering control switch
Temporary tyre repair kit, in place of spare tyre

Colours: White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic

Honda HR-V 1.8L Grade V

On top of the Grade E, adds on:
LED headlights, auto levelling
LED front fog lamps
LED tail lamps (dual-tube guide style)
Chrome outer door handle

Full leather black upholstery
Three-spoke steering wheel, full leather
Eight-way adjustable powered driver’s seat
7.0-inch display audio system
LaneWatch camera

Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic

Honda HR-V 1.8L RS

On top of the Grade V, adds on:
Sports-type front grille
Mesh-style front foglamp garnish
Sports Black front/rear lower bumpers and side sill, side mirror cover
Dark chrome outer door handle
Black chrome licence plate garnish
18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, 225/50 tyres

Full leather ivory upholstery, dark-grey contrast trim
Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system
Sports pedal

Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic

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