Enhanced HR-V models feature exterior upgrades

They are now equipped with new 7-inch display audio which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

By RAHIMI YUNUS

HONDA Malaysia Sdn Bhd launched the enhanced HR-V with new feature and exterior upgrades for the hybrid variant.

All variants of the compact SUV are now equipped with new seven-inch display audio which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The touchscreen display is also fitted with two new USB ports in the centre console for added convenience.

Honda Malaysia MD and CEO Toichi Ishiyama said being one of the top three best-selling Honda models, the HR-V contributed greatly to the brand’s achievement, maintaining its position as No 1 brand in the non-national segment in 2020.

“We owe our gratitude to all Honda owners for their strong support and for choosing the HR-V as their desired Honda model.

“Honda Malaysia is committed to cater to the needs of our customers through constant monitoring of the market demand and customer feedback,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The HR-V is available in four variants namely the E, V, RS and Sport Hybrid i-DCD.

The E, V and RS variants are powered by a 1.8-litre SOHC (single-overhead camshaft) i-VTEC engine combined with a continuous variable transmission that delivers a balance of performance and fuel efficiency.

Besides that, the HR-V RS variant is equipped with a variable gear ratio steering system for a sportier driving experience. The RS variant’s bold new look is further complemented by a sporty 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, sporty design front grille, and black front and rear bumper.

Meanwhile, the HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD variant is powered by a 1.5-litre DOHC (dual-overhead-camshaft) i-VTEC engine with direct injection combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and integrated high-power motor.

Assisted by the high-power lithium-ion battery, the combined output of the engine and motor provides hybrid power which is equal to a two-litre engine performance with quick response.

The prices of three of the enhanced HR-V variants are maintained at RM104,000.21 for the E variant; V at RM113,421.92; and RS at RM118,581.81, while the price for the Sport Hybrid i-DCD variant will be announced later.

The HR-V was first introduced in Malaysia in 2015, and there are currently over 98,600 units on Malaysian roads.

Honda Malaysia launched the facelifted HR-V in January 2019 with the introduction of RS and Sport Hybrid variants for the first time for this model.

Last year, the HR-V emerged as the third best-selling model, contributing 17% to Honda Malaysia’s total sales, including the V variant which contributed 41% of the total sales of the model.

The Japanese carmaker said 30% of the total HR-V sales received from the Malaysian market were the passion red pearl colour model.

The HR-V maintained its No 1 position in the non-national compact SUV segment with a 73% market share as of November 2020.

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