Last week the new HR-V 2019 was landed in US dealers. Honda’s well-known SUV debuts major news in terms of both connectivity and safety. All this seasoned with a revised and updated image to show a more youthful, modern and with a touch of sportiness. Seeking to improve its appeal, the Honda HR-V incorporates new design traits both on the exterior and interior. On the outside of the Japanese SUV, the main news comes quickly, just take a quick look at the images below. The grille has been revised and features a new interpretation of Honda’s distinctive design, as well as a dark chrome finish. The lower grilles were also redesigned and the antinebline headlamps were enlarged to give the HR-V a more aggressive posture. In relation to the rear, the thin chrome strip that connects both lanterns and the darkened flashing lights will be the most important changes that can be found. Also added were three new colors for the body: Orange Burst Metallic, Midnight Amethyst Metallic and Platinum White Pearl.
As for the interior of the Honda HR-V 2019, the first thing that catches the eye is the new infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touch screen that, according to the brand, is easier and more intuitive to use. Also new paddings were introduced for the seats, the cup holders were upgraded, as were the top door panels. On the other hand, the new line of the HR-V in the United States benefits from the arrival of two trim levels: Sport and Touring, which add to the LX and EX finishes that were already available. Honda has made several adjustments to improve the sound insulation of the interior and thus reduce the noise level coming from the exterior. Among the technological equipment is the compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 3D navigation and HD radio, in addition to SiriusXM. In addition, as standard, all models have a number of driving assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control and unintentional lane exit warning. In mechanical terms, the big news is that the six-speed manual transmission disappears from the line. Now the 143-hp four-cylinder i-VTEC 1.8-liter gasoline engine will be available only with a CVT-type automatic transmission.
2019 – HONDA HR-V US VERSION
Honda has revealed details about the new HR-V in its European version. The model is characterized by an updated design and a refined interior that stands out for its comfort. According to the Japanese manufacturer, it is the most sophisticated HR-V ever made. Outwardly, the new HR-V assumes characteristics of other models of the Honda line. Recalling the ‘Solid Wing Face’ concept, the front is characterized by a shiny new chrome panel that replaces the traditional black grille. Still in the front, it is possible to identify deeper air inlets, circular shaped fog lights and new main headlights that include daytime LEDs. The back is marked by a chrome frieze and by darkened lanterns. A new color and new alloy wheels complete the look. Inside, redesigned front seats come in the seat and backrest, resulting in additional comfort. The fabric of the standard coatings is of superior quality, while the top-of-the-line versions use a leather lining with reinforced seams that contribute to creating a more sporty look. According to Honda, sound insulation has been substantially improved since the new HR-V incorporates noise canceling technology (ANC) that uses two microphones and speakers to cancel the low-frequency noise emitted by the engine. On the whole, the cabin is much more refined.
In the initial launch phase, the engine line will consist of a 1.5-liter petrol i-VTEC block capable of developing 130 horsepower and 155 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. It can be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission or to a CVT automatic. According to the specifications announced, the version equipped with the manual transmission needs 10.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h, whereas the one that integrates the automatic needs 11.2 seconds. Based on the version equipped with the automatic transmission, fuel consumption stands at 18.9 km / l and CO2 emissions at 121 g / km. The new Honda HR-V is already being manufactured and the first deliveries in Europe are scheduled for October.
2019 – HONDA MODULO NEO CLASSIC RACER
Tokyo Auto Salon will open its doors on January 11, but a serious car contender emerges. This is the Honda Modulo Neo Classic Racer, a concept based on the Honda S660 Neo Classic, but in a racing car format that fits nicely with its retro style. A creation that was born as a concept model specific to the Tokyo Motor Show, but was eventually released as a body kit for the Honda S660, the particular Kei-car roadster with central engine. However here we see details that make this little car into a spectacular sports car, like semi-automatic headlights that mimic classic racing cars that hide headlights with strips of tape, wide wheel arches with the bolts appearing, a tail-type airfoil of duck and a set of wheels and tires also with a style of retro competition. The whole set adds a matte metallic painting accompanied by a series of stickers on the hood, the ceiling and the doors, creating an attractive and compact racing car. What we do not know is if its undeniable aspect racer will be accompanied by a mechanic to the height. Recalling that the S660 series has only 63 hp and 104 Nm of maximum torque in a 658cc three-cylinder engine, coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. On the bright side is that it allows you to be very light, exactly 839 pounds. The downside of all this is that Kei-cars are not designed for the western roads, being exemplary that can only be seen in Japan. Anyway, we hope that Honda is excited to launch this small and fun sport like a car by grade.
2019 – HONDA PASSPORT
The Japanese manufacturer continues to bet on SUVs and with the introduction of this new model will strengthen its line in a market as important as the United States. The launch of the new Honda Passport also has a clear objective, to occupy part of the large space between the Honda CR-V and the Honda Pilot. The size of these two SUVs left a clear vacuum that could be occupied by a third model. That’s where the new Honda Passport comes into play. It will be available on the brand’s dealer network in the United States from 2019. Nor can we ignore that it shows an image where it perfectly combines traits of sporty style with an adventurous and rude air. Of course, it adopts the new design philosophy that Honda is applying to all its new models.
Details like longitudinal roof bars, protections that use the lower part of the bodywork and the important free height of the ground accentuate its country side. And you can not miss the visible chrome-plated exhaust tailpipe that fits perfectly into the rear bumper. The instrument cluster is characterized by combining a classic configuration with a modern one. At its center is a 7.0-inch screen. In the center console there is an 8.0 inch touch screen that becomes the nerve center of the passenger compartment to control the infotainment system. In addition to GPS navigation, it has Wi-Fi 4G LTE connection and offers compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Among the equipment that can be configured stand out the electric and thermal adjustment banks, the rear view camera and the HomeLink function. As for the mechanical part, underneath the hood hides a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 283 hp and 354 Nm of maximum torque, which comes coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Optionally the Honda will allow to configure a system of total traction. Standard will feature front wheel drive.
2019 – HONDA PILOT
The Honda Pilot is an interesting eight-seat SUV that can be found at American dealerships. Within its segment it is one of the most important models that now has just undergone an important update to stay current in all aspects. The new Honda Pilot 2019 is already a reality. Honda unveiled the new Pilot for the American public. The eight seat SUV gets an update on both aesthetic and technological levels. While a deeper renewal does not come to market, with this upgrade the Honda Pilot will face what remains of the commercial cycle of this generation. The brand emphasizes that the new Honda Pilot 2019 shows a more aggressive and sporting aspect thanks to the new front where the optics with LED technology are now emerging. The fog lights also use LED technology. The grille has been redesigned to fit the new design philosophy that Honda is applying in all of its new models. At the rear the most important changes that attract attention can be summarized in the new lanterns, the bumper and the new chrome finishes. The catalog of available wheels has been updated and can be in sizes between 18 and 20 inches. The Honda Pilot 2019 line is comprised of three trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite
The spacious interior of this SUV with seating for up to eight adult passengers presents some changes. A new version of the infotainment system is released which is controlled via a new 8.0-inch touchscreen, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the other hand, the new instrument cluster features a 7.0-inch color TFT screen. The safety equipment has been enhanced with the standard incorporation of the Honda Sensing package, which is comprised of numerous driver assistance systems. It will also be possible to equip a wireless charger for compatible mobile devices. Regarding the mechanical part, everything continues to revolve around a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 284 hp and 355 Nm of maximum torque, which comes coupled with a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission, depending on the level of finish chosen. Front wheel drive and full wheel drive versions are also available. Honda highlights that the nine-ratio automatic transmission offers a very refined and smooth operation. The new Honda Pilot is already on sale in the Honda dealer network in the United States with a price starting at $ 31,450.