Honda adds new top-of-range trim level for the 2018 HR-V compact SUV
Even though Honda does not offer aesthetic changes for the 2018 Honda HR-V compact SUV, except for new wheels, now the Japanese automaker presents the Touring trim as top of range, with a more complete and luxurious equipment.
The Honda HR-V 2018 remains unchanged in terms of the engine, which is the 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve SOHC and i-VTEC system that develops 141 hp at 6,500 rpm, as well as a torque of 127 foot-pounds at 4,300 rpm.
A 6-speed manual transmission is available for the Uniq version, or a Continuously Variable optional transmission in Uniq and as standard for Epic and Touring; the Touring version also has shift paddles to the steering wheel for a sportier handling. In Mexico, it is now offered with front-wheel drive in all its versions.
The Epic and Touring versions also feature the Eco AssistTM System which, by pressing the “Econ” button, reprograms fuel injection and transmission to optimize fuel consumption in urban traffic.
In terms of safety, now all versions have four airbags (2 front and 2 side) that together with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering System (ACE) provide protection to occupants in case of an accident. They also feature four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and vehicle stability assist system (VSA).
The 2018 HR-V for the North American market is built at Honda’s assembly plant located in El Salto, Jalisco.