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Updated Honda HR-V launches without diesel

Honda is claiming higher-quality materials and improved refinement from its refreshed HR-V SUV, but early versions won’t be available with a diesel engine.

Honda HR-V

The updated Honda HR-V will get the 1.6-litre diesel engine next year.

Changes to the HR-V are largely cosmetic, with a redesigned grille and bumpers, new wheels full LED headlights and tail lights on high-end versions, as well as improvements to the interior fabrics across the range, according to Honda.

Comfort was also a priority, with re-shaped front seats and added noise insulation in the cabin. Selected versions will feature Active Noise Cancellation, which uses microphones to monitor sounds and then cancel them out using frequencies emitted by the speakers.

From launch, there will be a single petrol engine; a 128bhp 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol, which returns 53.2mpg and emits 121g/km CO2 when fitted with the continuously-variable transmission. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel will follow in 2019. Prices and UK spec have not been announced yet, but production is already underway.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.