Honda this month issued a short Body Repair News on the refinishing of its its refreshed 2019 HR-V.
The new 2019 HR-V Sport configuration appeared in summer 2018 as part of a refresh of the subcompact SUV.
Honda said in an August 2018 news release that the HR-V Sport — an affordable sub-$24,000 variant between the base LX and EX trims — “features unique lower body trim, painted glossy black on the lower front and rear bumper, rocker panels, and wheel arches, as well as the gloss-black exterior mirrors.”
The OEM this month explained that the Sports’ rear bumper fascia, front lower bumper fascia, side sill, fender arches “are painted gloss black from the factory and must be painted when a new replacement one is ordered.” The paint code is NH-731P, Honda said.
The mirror housing must also be repainted, though it’s possible to order a painted new one, Honda wrote.
“On the production vehicles, these parts are painted with this black accent color (Not the vehicle body color),” Honda collision repair training and technology assistant manager Scott Kaboos explained in an email Tuesday.
“Service parts are not painted and will need to have the black accents painted per the bulletin.”
Honda in August 2018 said the pinnacle HR-V touring trim has the Sport’s lower-body and mirror trim but paints it the body color.
Other trim considerations for body shops include the HR-V Sport’s chrome exhaust finisher, “exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and tires,” and honeycomb grille. It also has a blackout headliner.
Honda also made its Honda Sensing ADAS suite standard on the 2019 HR-V’s EX and higher trims. There’s also more noise, vibration and harshness compensation to address on all trims.
“All 2019 HR-Vs benefit from additional sound deadening measures,” Honda wrote. “Additional sound absorbing materials have been placed in the firewall, under the floor, and in the passenger-side foot well. Sport trims and higher also receive Active Noise Cancellation, which sends reverse-phase audio signals through the HR-V audio system to cancel out low-frequency road noise.”
The OEM also added the body colors “Platinum White Pearl,” “Orange Burst Metallic” and “Ametheyst Metallic.”
Honda sold 85,494 HR-Vs in 2018.
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The 2019 Honda HR-V Sport’s gloss black trim can be seen. (Provided by Honda)
The 2019 Honda HR-V Touring has similar lower-body and mirror trim as the HR-V Sport but paints it the body color. (Provided by Honda)