The European version should go on sale by the year's end.

The Honda HR-V is preparing a facelifted version of the subcompact crossover. Attached below is a gallery of spy photos showing the refreshed model in prototype guise undergoing testing in Southern Europe, and this is likely an Euro-spec version.

The small amount of camouflage suggests no major visual revisions are planned, as the HR-V will retain its basic shape and dimensions. A typical move for a facelift, the crossover will gain an updated fascia with what appear to be a reshaped bumper, a new design for the radiator grille, and different headlights and fog lamps. Also, updated graphics for the taillights are expected, as well as new wheel designs and exterior colours.

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In the UK, the 2018 HR-V is available with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 129 bhp. The motor, which is offered with either a six-speed manual or a CVT in front-wheel drive, is expected to soldier on for the new model year. 

Some reports claim the 1.6-liter diesel engine also offered in the HR-V could be replaced by a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.5-litre petrol engine, an electric motor, and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The standard 1.5 VTEC will remain on sale.

Honda HR-V facelift spy photo
Honda HR-V facelift spy photo

The 2018 HR-V crossover is expected to arrive before the year’s end.

 

Honda HR-V facelift spy photos