Honda had introduced the 2018 Honda Vezel (2018 Honda HR-V) in Japan last month. The facelifted model has started reaching dealerships ahead of the market launch on the 15th of this month.
The mid-cycle refresh brings subtle visual changes to the Honda Vezel. At the front, the 2018 Honda Vezel features a more upright upper grille that flows into the new LED headlamps, sharper bumper, new LED fog lights and revised lower grille. At the rear, the new model gets a chrome tailgate garnish connecting the tail lamps, which carry over the old design. The interior layout has remained unchanged.
While the current Honda Vezel is available with Honda Sensing only in select configurations, the new Honda Vezel features it as standard. This suite of advanced safety and driver assistance features includes Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lead Car Departure Notification System and False Start Prevention Function currently. With the MY2018 update, Honda may add auto high-beam and False Backward Start Prevention.
The Honda Vezel is available in 1.5L i-VTEC petrol and 1.5L i-VTEC+i-DCD (petrol-electric) hybrid variants in Japan. This is expected to remain as is with the mid-cycle refresh. The global rollout of the facelifted model should commence later this year. Honda is still assessing the premium mini-SUV for India, and should it give the project a go, the launch is will likely take place only next year.
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