While the automaker has so far declined to confirm whether the changes would indeed make into the HR-V, the Vezel's exterior changes are subtle and consists of new LED headlights derived from the current Civic and new Accord, thicker centre bar on the grille, redesigned fog light surrounds and a new front bumper.
No rear-end images or indeed of the interior were revealed, although reports suggest that higher spec models will come equipped with Honda's Sensing range of driver assistance system.
In Japan, the Vezel is expected to retain its 1.5-litre petrol and hybrid engines mated to a CVT, while the HR-V will likely come powered by unchanged versions of the existing 1.5 and 1.8-litre petrol mills. A 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbodiesel hooked to a six-speed manual gearbox will again be offered in Europe. All-wheel drive will be optional Vezel but only on the hybrid model, making an all wheel driven HR-V again unlikely.