Is the Honda HR-V worth the wait right now?
It is a very confusing time for some Malaysians who decide to keep their long pending Toyota Corolla Cross reservation or rush to the nearest Honda showroom and reserve a brand new 2023 Honda HR-V model.
When the Toyota Corolla Cross was first launched in 3rd quarter of 2021, there was no real indication that this all-new Crossover would be a resounding success. Yes, UMW Toyota management knew it would sell well, but that kind of success was not expected and Toyota dealerships nationwide had to deal with upset and sometimes mean customers demanding delivery before the last Chinese New Year celebration (which is an auspicious time to take delivery of a new car) and then before the Hari Raya break when celebrants wanted to return to their respective hometowns to “show off” their shiny new Toyota Crossover.
The 1.8L petrol Corolla Cross is locally assembled and priced at RM129,000 and shortly after this model was launched, the locally assembled 1.8L Cross Hybrid was just a little over at RM137,000. RM.
Today, reservations are still high and deliveries have still failed to catch up with customer demands as there is only one direct competitor which is the brand new Honda HR-V.
The previous HR-V was a smash hit with 111,000 units delivered since its arrival in 2015 and even after a facelift in 2019 it continued to be a segment winner as Toyota had no rival for it at the time. era.
Until the end of 2021, the old Honda HR-V accounted for 21% of Honda Malaysia’s total sales volume, which meant it was the second best vehicle in their showroom.
Now, with this all-new HR-V, there will be plenty of “waiting” Toyota Corolla Cross customers who may want to cancel their Corolla Cross reservation and bring home a Honda HR-V instead.
Why? well with a more modern look and the fact that the HR-V nameplate is quite respected, moreover, it is possible that the delivery is in a few weeks because Honda Malaysia has pre-ordered thousands of units, we could see another Honda’s winning product.
Apple to Apple, the two vehicles have almost similar safety features and power supply. Honda has its e-HEV for buyers looking to save on fuel costs and Toyota has its Cross Hybrid to save fuel.
Prices are very close across the range for both vehicles and the HR-V looks a little bigger in its stance and stands slightly taller. This HR-V is 4385mm long, which is just a bit shorter than the current big brother CR-V and almost as wide.
Step inside the cabin and this new HR-V comes with a cabin that rivals some European compact models and that alone will persuade some customers to swap reservations with Toyota.
The recent ‘preview’ at select Honda showrooms in the Klang Valley was a major success and in the coming weeks Penang and Johor Bahru have selected Honda showrooms ‘will house this new HR-V, which means bookings could increase as you read. this. So will you get a new HR-V before Christmas?
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