Honda UK has revealed and detailed the 2019 HR-V Sport, a new version of the company's compact SUV that is scheduled to go on sale in the first half of next year.
UPDATE, 30/11/18: Honda Australia has again ruled out the introduction of the 1.5-litre turbo engine for local HR-V models. See bottom of article for details
Available with both six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions, the turbo unit generates maximum power at 5500rpm (6000rpm CVT), while 240Nm of torque is available between 1900 and 5000rpm (220Nm CVT, 1700-5500rpm).
There's a new variable-ratio steering system which claims to offer "a steady response at on-centre and near-centre steering angles, and a smoother response at off-centre steering angles", while the model-specific 'Performance Damper' system for flatter cornering, enhanced stability, and reduced vibration over uneven surfaces.
Honda has sprinkled some sport-themed changes to the exterior and interior as well, including a gloss black panel for the 'Solid Wing Face' insert between the headlights, a black honeycomb grille and fog-light surround, and 18-inch black alloys. Other enhancements include black body kit extensions for the bumpers and side skirts, dual exhaust pipes, and black mirror caps.
For the cabin, there's new sports seats trimmed in black/dark red, along with a black roof liner.
The 2019 Honda HR-V Sport will commence production in December, with first UK deliveries commencing in "spring 2019".
Honda's local division ruled out the introduction of a turbocharged HR-V for Australia, with Naomi Rebeschini, PR manager for Honda Australia, saying: "There are no new engine plans for current generation HR-V".
However, the local PR boss hinted we could see new powertrains for the next-gen model.
"We're always looking for what's possible for next generation models and this engine will be just one part of our considerations," Rebeschini added.