Honda to add turbo HR-V in Europe

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Honda Europe has released initial details and images of the updated 2019 HR-V, ahead of an October launch for that market.

While the exterior revisions are largely in line with the updated model revealed for places like Japan and Australia, the EU-spec HR-V will offer a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine – likely the same unit offered in the Civic – from “spring 2019”, or some point= between the beginning of March and the end of May.

Outputs for the new motor are yet to be detailed, though the 1.5-litre turbo in the Civic makes 134kW of power and 220Nm of torque – the latter available from 1700 to 5500rpm.

Currently, the only petrol option for the HR-V in Europe is the 1.5-litre ‘Earth Dreams’ four-cylinder petrol engine shared with the Euro-market Jazz, making a modest 96kW of power and 155Nm of torque.

Locally, the sole powertrain available is a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, putting out 105kW and 172Nm, mated as standard to a CVT automatic driving the front wheels.

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