2022 Honda HR-V open for reservation in Malaysia – RS e:HEV, petrol variants; Honda detection; launch in Q3

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Honda Malaysia has announced the start of taking orders for the third-generation Honda HR-V, which made its global debut last February and has since gone on sale in neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

Replacing the successful second-generation model that burst onto the local automotive scene in 2015, the all-new HR-V (Hi-jumper Revolutionary Vehicle) features a coupe-style design thanks to a steeply raked rear window, while the body cladding is much cleaner and minimalist than before. Gone is the front fender bulge and raised shoulder line of the old HR-V, which has been replaced with a horizontal character line that runs from the hood closure line to the rear.

Meanwhile, the straight face dispenses with the outgoing model’s chrome Solid Wing Face front bar in favor of a body-colored grille that blends seamlessly into its surroundings and is flanked by slim headlights. Moving to the rear, you’ll find full-width taillights that are joined by a trim piece with the Honda logo in the center.

Although clearly different in appearance from its predecessor, the new HR-V brings back one element: raised grab handles for the rear doors. Parked side-by-side, the third-generation model boasts a longer overall length of 4,385mm (+39mm) but retains the same wheelbase of 2,610mm. It is also 20mm wider (1790mm) and 15mm lower (1590mm) than the car it replaces.

Like the exterior, the interior of the latest HR-V also gets a redesign and features a slim dash along with a full-width air vent design. The latter is complemented by control buttons that allow passengers to diffuse or concentrate the airflow exiting the corner outlets, while the central air vents “frame” the touchscreen infotainment system.

Below the center display you’ll find the button for the hazards, followed by the HVAC controls and a new center console that’s no longer two-tiered and extends all the way to the armrest. Instead, it’s now a simpler design that only accommodates the shift lever and a small storage area, highlighted by a chrome strip that wraps around the knee area of ​​the driver.

Honda Malaysia is not yet disclosing all local specifications, although it has provided some preliminary details. First, the HR-V will be offered with both gasoline and hybrid powertrains, the latter being the e:HEV configuration with Honda’s i-MMD (intelligent Multi Mode Drive) system. This sees a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine (105 PS and 127 Nm) with its own electric motor acting primarily as a generator for another front-mounted electric motor (131 PS and 253 Nm).

While the i-MMD system – also found in the City and City Hatchback – operates primarily as an EV most of the time, the motor can provide direct drive via a high-speed lock-up clutch when it’s more efficient to drive. do it. An e-CVT is also part of the i-MMD system.

The company hasn’t mentioned the gasoline engines on offer, but based on what dealerships are posting on social media, it appears the HR-V will also be available with a 1-cylinder i-VTEC DOHC four-cylinder gasoline engine. .5 liter naturally aspirated. producing 121 PS and 145 Nm of torque, which is shared with the City and City Hatchback. It’s joined by a 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder producing 177bhp and 240Nm, which would mark the first time the HR-V would receive a turbocharged engine in Malaysia.

Unless further confirmed by Honda Malaysia, it appears that the 1.8-litre NA four-cylinder and Sport Hybrid i-DCD (intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) powertrains of the previous HR-V are no longer, replaced by these three options which are entirely new for the HR-V here. Compared to our neighbors, the three engines we get, if true, are more than what is offered in Indonesia (1.5L NA and 1.5L VTEC Turbo), Singapore (1.5L NA and 1.5 L e:HEV) and Thailand (1.5 L e:HEV only).

The powertrain you get will depend on the variant you choose, and Honda Malaysia has already confirmed the RS e:HEV as one of the available options. Referring to dealer announcements, there will apparently be four variants in total, the other three being the base S trim (1.5 NA) as well as the E and V trims (1.5 L VTEC Turbo).

In terms of equipment, the RS e:HEV will come with LED front sequential indicators, LED rear lights, LED headlights with matching daytime running lights, LED front fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels , a hands-free electric tailgate with remote closing. function, remote engine start and remote auto lock. Visually, the RS e:HEV mimics the Thai model, with elements such as a chrome-studded grille featuring the RS logo, a horizontal slat lower grille, a gloss black lip and an “Amp Up” break on the d-line. red accent of the lower grille – the concept of the vehicle is “Amp Up Your Life”.

On the safety and driver assistance front, the hybrid variant gets LaneWatch and a full suite of Honda Sensing systems, including Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Low Speed ​​Follow (LSF), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Auto High Beam (AHB).

Now we come to the most pressing issue: pricing. Unsurprisingly, Honda Malaysia is keeping this a secret until the official launch of the HR-V here, which the company says will be in the third quarter of this year (Q3 2022). Given this time frame, future prices will take into account sales and service tax (SST) – the exemption is expected to end this month.

As we mentioned in our “everything you need to know” article, we expect the RS e:HEV to reach around RM138,000, so the starting price of the HR-V (base variant) may well to be around RM120,000. This is higher than the starting price of the outgoing model with SST, although we have yet to wait for official details to confirm this.

Now that the order books are open for the new HR-V, will you place a reservation or will you wait for more details before doing so? What are some of the features you hope to make available? To get an idea of ​​what the RS e:HEV will look like, check out our review of the hybrid variant and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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