Honda has unveiled the new 2019 Vezel in Japan, and it likely previews the upcoming 2019 HR-V here in North America.
The HR-V is Honda’s newest darling to grace the hot crossover segment. Introduced for the 2016 model year, the HR-V has been steadily gaining sales. Now, with the release of the 2019 Vezel in Japan, we have our first look at what the North American version of the car might look like.
The biggest changes seem to be mostly cosmetic. The 2019 Vezel has a new front fascia with an updated grille, sleeker, more angular LED headlights, and completely redesigned LED fog lights. There are also new alloy wheels to give the car a sense that it’s putting on new shoes for the new year.
On the inside, the car remains mostly the same as the 2018 model. Center console, dashboard, and instrument cluster all look to have come over from the previous year’s car. There’s a fancy new shifter which seems to be an electronic kind rather than a mechanical one, but other than that it’s basically the same car.
Things also remain the same under the hood. The Vezel comes with the same 1.8-L inline four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and optional CVT. The model shown above is the hybrid version which mates a battery to the chassis, but that option is unlikely to make it to America where we prefer to guzzle our gas like an alcoholic who’s just been informed it’s last call.
The new Vezel does get some new technology to play with, however. The car will come with all the latest in Honda gadgetry, including Honda Sensing active driver assistance suite. This super suite of sensors includes lane keeping, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and road departure warning.
And finally, the 2019 version of the Vezel (and hopefully the HR-V) finally get a new infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Honda hasn’t given any official word of the 2019 HR-V, but given it’s the same car as the Vezel just with the wheel on the other side, we can’t imagine it’ll take them long to announce something.