When it was launched five months ago, the Honda HR-V facelift introduced an RS version, which is based on the Grade V variant of the SUV. Aside from exterior styling bits, the RS also featured an ivory-coloured interior when it made its debut.

That has since been revised to a full-black one, in which elements such as the leather upholstery, centre console and dashboard panel trim as well as the door panel lining that were in ivory has been changed to black. Otherwise, there are no other revisions to the variant.

The HR-V RS comes kitted out with a sports-type front grille and a mesh-style front fog lamp garnish, as well as gloss black contrast applique to the lower part of the front/rear bumpers, side sills and side mirror covers. The outer door handles, meanwhile, are finished in dark chrome and the licence plate garnish, in black chrome. It also rides on larger 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with 225/50 profile tyres.

Like the base Grade E and the Grade V petrol variants in the model line-up, the RS is equipped with a 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine offering 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4,300 rpm, paired with a CVT. It does however come with a new Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system, which is unique to it.

Kit includes LED headlights (with auto levelling), LED front fog lamps, a full leather steering wheel, a 7.0-inch audio display screen and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Safety equipment includes six airbags (standard across the entire model range) as well as vehicle stability assist (VSA), hill start assist (HSA) and emergency stop signal (ESS), and the RS also comes with a Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera.

The HR-V RS, which is priced at RM124,800 on-the-road without insurance, is available in three exterior colours, these being Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic.