Honda in Europe has revealed its new HR-V Sport, which draws its urge from a turbocharged 1,5-litre VTEC petrol engine and boasts upgrades to its chassis and suspension.

This four-cylinder engine, of course, is also used in the Civic, although in this latest configuration in the HR-V its generates 134 kW (compared with the 127 kW offered in the SA-spec Civic).

Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, maximum torque is rated at 240 N.m (between 1 900 and 5 000 r/min), while going for the optional CVT sees that figure fall to 220 N.m (between 1 700 and 5 500 r/min).

The HR-V Sport (which is based on the facelifted model) is equipped with what Honda describes as bespoke “Performance Damper” technology. The damper system is integrated at the front and rear and works by counteracting the relative lateral and torsional movement through the chassis. The Japanese firm says this keeps the car flatter through corners, enhances stability during sudden lane changes and reduces vibration over uneven roads.

The steering set-up, meanwhile, is likewise unique to this derivative, employing a variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion arrangement complemented by Honda's so-called “Agile Handling Assist” technology.

Upgrades to the exterior styling include a high-gloss black chrome panel up front (replacing the darkened chrome of the standard model) and a black honeycomb finish for the front grille, a treatment carried over into the foglamp surrounds.

A slim front splitter, side-skirts, wheel-arch mouldings and a more aggressive rear bumper (all finished in black) are also included, along with black side-mirror caps, dual exhaust pipes and model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, you’ll find new seats for the driver and front passenger, offering “enhanced support”.

While production of the new HR-V Sport is set to start in December 2018, local availability has yet to be established.