The Honda HR-V range now consists of four variants, the VTi, VTi-S, the new RS, and the VTi-LX.
Honda Australia has released pricing details for its updated HR-V small SUV, which will go on sale from August starting at $24,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level VTi grade.
Stepping up to the VTi-S commands a $3000 premium at $26,990, and the range-topping VTi-LX hits the ceiling at $34,590.
With the update, Honda has added a new RS grade to the line-up that sits between VTi-S and the VTi-LX at $31,990, while the old VTi-L is gone.
All four variants carry-over their mechanicals from the previous model.
The RS comes with a handful of exclusive features which, according to the Japanese carmaker, will suit “customers who want a more edgy and sporty HR-V”.
Despite the RS moniker, the new variant is no faster than its stablemates, distinguished only by aesthetic upgrades and increased steering feel by way of a new variable gear ratio in the car’s electric power steering system.
Specifically, the RS gains 18-inch alloys, a black chrome grille, black mirror caps, dark chrome door handles, ‘honeycomb’ lower grille and fog garnish, a piano black bodykit, tinted rear windows and RS badging.
Honda Australia director Stephen Collins justified the RS motif by suggesting the new grade adds an element of sportiness without hindering comfort and versatility.
“The introduction of a new RS grade, builds on the Honda DNA of sporty styling and world-class engineering while ensuring there is no compromise on the comfort and versatility this car is known and loved for,” Mr Collins said.
The RS is distinguished only by aesthetic upgrades and increased steering feel.
All four variants carry-over their mechanicals from the previous model, including the 1.8-litre four-cylinder iVTEC engine that produces 105kW at 6500rpm and 173Nm at 4300rpm.
It continues to be paired with a standard continuously variable transmission which helps the SUV generate an official combined fuel consumption rating of 6.9 litres per 100km.
Honda has however given the the HR-V’s safety credentials a nudge, adding as standard the brand’s City-Brake Active System which provides audio and visual warnings and automatically applies the brakes when the vehicle detects a potential collision.
In all but the entry-level VTi, the HR-V has also gained Honda’s LaneWatch technology, which provides the driver with an 80-degree view of the passenger side.
The LaneWatch feature works in conjunction with a multi-angle reversing camera, which is standard across the board.
All variants carry over the 1.8-litre four-cylinder iVTEC engine that produces 105kW at 6500rpm and 173Nm at 4300rpm.
All this is shown to the driver via a carry-over 7.0-inch colour display, which retains Bluetooth and satellite navigation functionality.
Noteworthy standard features, beginning with the least expensive VTi grade, include daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, single-zone climate control, emergency stop signal and an electronic park brake.
Next up, the VTi-S, brings newly-designed 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, rear parking sensors, LED front foglights, LED headlights with auto on/off functionality, chrome interior finishes, smart entry with push button start and leather touches on the steering wheel and gear shifter.
The RS, along with the aforementioned upgrades, is treated to leather-appointed seats which are heated up front, a “smooth” leather steering wheel and gear knob, and “sports” pedals.
Finally, the top-spec VTi-LX is furnished with chrome door handles and a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, automatic power windows, LED interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
The HR-V range-topper also comes standard with forward collision warning, high-beam support and lane departure warning.
2018 Honda HR-V list pricing
Honda HR-V VTi – automatic – $24,990
Honda HR-V VTi-S – automatic – $27,990
Honda HR-V RS – automatic – $31,990
Honda HR-V VTi-LX – automatic – $34,590
Check out all 2018 Honda HR-V price and spec info here.