By MUHAMMAD ARIEF CHE SOH
KUALA LUMPUR 13 Jan. - Honda Malaysia officially introduced the enhanced HR-V with a new feature and exterior upgrades for the Hybrid variant.
The already widely popular compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) is set to deepen its success in the segment with new upgrades as well as an Platinum White Pearl colour.
Honda said, all variants are now equipped with a new 7” Display Audio that is compatible with Apple CarPlay™️ and Android Auto™️¹ connectivity plus fitted with 2 new USB ports in the centre console for added convenience.
"The HR-V Sport Hybrid intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive (i-DCD) variant comes in a refreshed modern appearance with exterior upgrades consisting of stylish LED Headlights, LED Guide Taillights and LED Front Fog Lights.
"Completing the new styling are the new Chrome Door Handles and 3 Spoke Leather³ Steering Wheel, giving a sporty driving impression," said Honda Malaysia in a statement today.
The HR-V was first introduced in Malaysia in 2015 and there are currently over 98,600 units on Malaysian roads.
The facelifted HR-V which was launched in January 2019 continued its popularity with the introduction of RS and Sport Hybrid variants for the first time for this model.
In 2020, the HR-V emerged as the 3rd best-selling model, contributing 17% to Honda Malaysia’s total sales.
The V variant recorded the most promising sales numbers with 41% contribution to total sales of the HR-V.
Meanwhile, a large majority of Malaysians presented a preference for the Passion Red Pearl colour which accounted for 30% of the total HR-V sales received.
The HR-V remained the favourite amongst Malaysians, maintaining its number one position in the Non-National Compact SUV segment with a 73% market share as at November 2020.
Meantime, Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Toichi Ishiyama said, Honda Malaysia is excited to introduce the enhanced HR-V to Malaysians.
"This enhanced model is a result of customers’ feedback as we continuously strive to introduce products that meet the needs of customers.
"One such feature is the Apple CarPlay™️ connectivity for more convenience when driving. Being one of the top three best-selling Honda models, the HR-V has contributed greatly to our achievement as No.1 in the Non-National segment in 2020," he said.
The HR-V is available in 4 variants, namely the E, V, RS and Sport Hybrid i-DCD.
The E, V and RS variants are powered by a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine combined with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) that delivers a balance of performance and fuel efficiency
The HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD is equipped with 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine with Direct Injection combined with 7-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 that is equal to a 2.0L engine performance with quick response and an exhilarating drive.
The prices of the four enhanced HR-V variants are maintained as follows;
- E variant : RM104,000.21
- V variant : RM113,421.92
- RS variant: RM118,581.81
Honda added, the price of the HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD variant will be announced later. - DagangNews.com