Volvo Car Malaysia officially launched the brand-new Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design today, making it the first and only automotive brand in Malaysia to offer a full range of Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) all assembled in Malaysia.
Priced at RM255,888, the XC40 Recharge T5 is now reduced to RM241,997.04 after sales tax exemption (on-the-road, without insurance) and will be available for viewing at all authorised Volvo dealers nationwide starting today.
Built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform , the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 comes with Volvo’s first-ever 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine Drive-E powertrain, with an electric motor mounted to its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to drive the front wheels.
The Recharge T5 powertrain has a combined output of 262 hp and 425 Nm of torque, while 160 Nm of torque and a maximum power of 82 hp is generated from the electric motor to give a boost of instantaneous acceleration.
Together with the petrol engine, the XC40 Recharge T5 reaches 100km/h in 7.3 seconds and comes with its speed capped at 180km/h following the company’s announcement in March 2020.
Assembled in Malaysia, the XC40 Recharge T5 comes equipped with the same award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technology expected of a modern Volvo within its sporting edge design.
Some of the technology included in the XC40 Recharge T5 are safety and driver assistance features such as the Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation， Cross Traffic alert with brake support.
The XC40 Recharge T5 offers five different drive modes for a more dynamic driving experience: Hybrid (default), Pure, Off-road, Power and Individual.
In terms of the design, the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 is near identical to the other XC40 variant, with the most obvious difference being the charging lid.
Additionally, the storage areas in the cabin have been designed to provide drivers with more functional storage space in the doors, including retractable hooks for hanging items.
Book it online
That being said, the new Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design is available for online booking through Volvo Car Malaysia’s website as a safer alternative and in adherence to the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs). The government recently extended its sales tax exemption for all vehicle purchases till 30 June 2021.
Customers will have the option to choose from among five distinct colours – Blackstone, Crystal White Pearl, Bursting Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic and Coral Red Metallic.
Lexus’ Chief Engineer Naoki Kobayashi and his team at Lexus International have finally unveiled the special they have been quietly working on lately – the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance. However, they also managed to piss the world off when they announced that the beast of a car will only be available in North American markets.
As the first model in the new Lexus F Sport Performance line, the IS 500’s engine provides a boost in displacement and performance over the IS 350’s 3.5-liter V6. Its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine has a maximum output of 472 hp at 7,100 rpm and 535 NM of peak torque at 4,800 rpm, enabling it to do the century sprint in 4.5 seconds.
Other IS 500 performance enhancements include a throaty quad exhaust system with dual stacked tail pipes that perfectly amplify the new V8 engine. This exhaust not only sounds ferocious, but is inspired by F models, like the RC F.
The IS 500 uses the same the same eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission found in the IS 300 and IS 350 RWD models. It also features drive mode select Sport S and Sport S+, which provides advanced engine and transmission mapping to enhance performance.
Sport S+ also adjusts the amount of EPS steering assist and damping force to deliver sportier handling to match the updated powertrain settings. Custom Mode is also available, offering multiple combinations for powertrain (Normal/Eco/Power), chassis (Normal/Sport) and air conditioner (Normal/Eco).
Starting with the 2022 IS 500, Lexus F SPORT Performance models will come adorned with unique black badging on the sides to distinguish it from F models.
The IS 500 will also come standard with the IS RWD F SPORT’s Dynamic Handling Package (DHP), which includes Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and a Torsen limited slip differential (LSD) that improves handling and performance thanks to enhanced traction when cornering or exiting turns.
Engineers have also improved the IS chassis performance with the addition of a Yamaha rear performance damper. This damper reduces dynamic structural distortion, delivering increased comfort at low speeds, and additional stability and agility at high speeds.
The IS 500 features subtle exterior enhancements to help set it apart from the standard IS 350 F SPORT. The hood has been raised nearly 2 inches and receives sculpted centre character lines, while the front bumper and fenders have been lengthened to help accommodate the vehicle’s naturally aspirated V8 muscle.
Also standard are the exclusive 19-inch split-10-spoke Enkei alloy wheels. Other exterior updates include a revised lower rear diffuser accent that accentuates the quad exhaust system, as well as dark chrome window trim.
Tying these visual and performance cues together is the black IS F SPORT rear lip spoiler. Inside, drivers are greeted with black F SPORT Performance badging on the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and door sill scuff plates.
It also comes standard with the IS F SPORT accelerator pedal, brake pedal and footrest, but the combination instrumentation meter receives an updated startup animation that is exclusive to IS 500.
After a series of teasers and countless spyshots and what not, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has finally been unveiled, and here are all the key details about Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling model in the past decade.
There are five petrol variants for now – the C180, C200, C200 4MATIC powered by a 1.5-litre turbo engine, as well as the C300 and C300 4MATIC which get a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. All variants are mated to the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic gearbox, and come with a mild-hybrid system as standard.
Output levels range between 170 hp and 250 Nm (C180) all the way to 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque, minus the 200 Nm provided by the mild-hybrid system’s electric motor.
On the exterior, the all-new C-Class looks sleeker than the outgoing model, featuring a short front overhang, as well as a long wheelbase and rear overhang. The windscreen and passenger cell have been moved further to the rear.
The car has grown by 65mm in length, 10mm in width, and 25 mm in terms of wheelbase, and has been lowered by 9 mm versus the outgoing model.
All models now feature a central star, with the design and character of the radiator grille differing in the details. In the Avantgarde line, there are additional decorative elements in the louvres, while the radiator grille and front apron feature chrome surrounds. The distinguishing feature of the AMG Line is the diamond grille with the star design in chrome.
The rear-end design is very similar to the new S-Class’ butt. The lamps for the first time have a two-piece design in the C-Class, with the light functions divided between the side wall and boot lid lamps.
Last but not least, three new paint finishes – spectral blue, high-tech silver and opalite white – have been added to the colour range.
The interior on the other hand, adopts many highlights from the new S-Class, adding a sporty touch. For instance, the dashboard is divided into an upper and a lower section into a wing-like section with new, flattened round vents reminiscent of aircraft engine nacelles. The dashboard and central display are also slightly tilted towards the driver by six degrees.
Like the dashboard, the screen is also slightly tilted towards the driver. The central display has a screen diagonal of 9.5 inches as standard. A larger version measuring 11.9 inches is optionally available. Another highlight is the floating control cluster, into which the door opener and seat adjustment controls are integrated.
The head restraints are also a completely new design, and are attached to the backrest with a sealed piece of trim under which the adjustment mechanism is located.
The driver display and media display offer a holistic, aesthetic experience. The look of the screens can be individualised with three display styles (Discreet, Sporty, Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service). Like the new S-Class, the new C-Class is equipped with the second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).
With the MBUX Smart Home function, the C-Class now becomes a mobile control centre for the home of many people. Because Smart Home refers to WLAN, sensors and actuators make the home increasingly intelligent and communicative: temperature and lights, shutters and electrical appliances can be remotely monitored and controlled. Motion detectors and window contacts inform the user of welcome or unwelcome visitors.
With the “Online Music” service, Mercedes-Benz has now fully integrated the major music streaming services into the MBUX infotainment system. MBUX enables seamless access to the personal user profile at the linked music provider.
Under the hood, the engine range has only four-cylinder units from the current modular FAME (Family of Modular Engines) Mercedes-Benz engine family.
Mild Hybrid as standard
In addition to turbocharging, both the diesel and the petrol engines now have an integrated starter-generator (ISG) for intelligent assistance at low engine speeds as a mild hybrid of the second generation. The ISG uses a 48 volt on-board electrical system that ensures functions such as gliding, boosting or energy recovery, and makes significant fuel savings possible.
The four-cylinder M 254 petrol engine with a second-generation starter-generator with an additional output of up to 15 kW and 200 Nm more torque is also celebrating its première in the C-Class. Thanks to the ISG, the new C-Class can drive up to 100 km in pure electric mode.
A completely new feature is the segment charger with flow connection, an advancement of the twin-scroll technology for even more instantaneous response of the forced induction system.
The completely newly developed segment turbocharger is a result of cooperation between Mercedes-Benz turbocharger developers and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team.
Fancy driving a head-turning sports car but not the hassle of long-term loans and other ownership concerns, especially significant depreciation costs?
With the addition of a new Sports category to GoCar’s subscription programme, GoCar Subs, car enthusiasts in Malaysia now have an alternative solution for consideration.
Subaru BRZ, WRX
For a start, the new category offers two popular sports models – the 200hp Subaru BRZ with a top speed of 210km/h and century sprint of 8.2 seconds and the 264hp Subaru WRX, which delivers a top speed of 240km/h to achieve 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds.
Customers have three subscription plans to choose from – a one-year package at RM3,299 per month, a two-year offer at RM2,999 per month or a three-year plan at RM2,699 per month. All fees are inclusive of road tax, insurance, servicing and wear and tear.
With the addition of the new Sports offering, GoCar Subs’ garage is now expanded to six categories to fulfil more diverse customer needs and lifestyles.
Each category offers a streamlined ‘One Price’ structure ranging from RM799/month for the Econ category to RM2,299/month for the Luxe category and RM2,699/month for the Sports category. Rates listed are for 12-month to 36-month plans.
Customers of GoCar Subs not only benefit from the most affordable multi-brand car subscription programme in the market, they also need not worry about additional out-of-pocket expenses, vehicle depreciation costs or being locked-in to long-term loan tenures. To sign up for a GoCar Subs account or view the full garage listing, visit www.gocarsubs.com.
Want something more sensible?
Just one month ago, GoCar announced the addition of four brand-new in-demand models to its subscription programme, GoCar Subs.
The expansion of GoCar Subs’ garage is in line with the company’s commitment to offer a practical and more affordable alternative to conventional hire-purchase loans.
Highly popular amongst Malaysian consumers, the four new models on GoCar Subs’ platform are the New Honda City, New Nissan Almera Turbo, New Proton X50 and New Mitsubishi Xpander.
Under GoCar’s streamlined ‘One Price’ structure, all four models are offered in the EXEC category with the options of one-year, two-year and three-year subscription plans.
Toyota has received multiple awards at the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards which took place last week for a few of its safety technologies. The brand also bagged the ‘Excellent Award’ as it won more 5-Star awards over the past two years than other brands.
To be more specific, the brand received an overall 5-star rating for seven of its vehicle models in 2019 and 2020. Out of the 12 award categories, Toyota actually won in five.
Five out of 12 Awards
While models like the Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Hilux, and the Toyota Innova were recipients of the Excellent Awards for Continuous Safety Improvement in their respective segments, the Toyota Majesty/Granvia was recognized with the Best Safety Performance Award for Safety Assist Systems.
The biannual event of the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (better known as ASEAN NCAP) is actually aimed at commemorating high achievers in car safety in the ASEAN region.
Due to the ongoing pandemic conditions in the region, the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards announced on the 16th of February 2021, was conducted online.
“Toyota is committed to continuously improving its vehicle safety technologies and performance, as part of its entire efforts toward road and traffic safety, with focus on three essential elementsvehicle (advancing safety technology), people (educating drivers, passengers and pedestrians towards traffic safety) and traffic environment (supporting safer traffic infrastructure),” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.
“The awards from ASEAN NCAP confirm the approach of Toyota Synergized Mobility to bring to the forefront the technological leadership of Toyota that will be used to make ever better cars,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.
“Today, many of our models sold in Malaysia have Toyota Safety Sense, an Integrated Safety Management Concept where individual safety technologies and systems are designed to collaborate with each other in various vehicle operation stages, from parking to advanced safety, pre-collision safety, collision safety and rescue.”
What is ASEAN NCAP?
ASEAN NCAP is a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Global NCAP. Established in 2011, it marked a new milestone of vehicle safety for the region in response to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Over the past 10 years, ASEAN NCAP has focussed on popular models made and sold in the ASEAN region to provide consumers with information on the safety performance of the vehicles. It conducts crash tests at its own facility in Melaka as well as facilities of affiliated safety organisations in Asia.
Kia has revealed the first official images of the K8, the first model for the rebirth of Kia brand to exemplify its new purpose and ambitions for the future.
The K8 represents a new model name for Kia and is the first model to show the brand’s new design identity as well as the contemporary new Kia logo.
With a focus on modern, premium quality and dynamic performance, the K8 moves forward in the sports sedan space and will build on the success of the K7(known as Cadenza in some markets) and continues Kia’s rise towards excellence in the segment later this year.
The K8 features a modern innovative sedan that combines sportiness and performance with a progressive and sleek exterior design.
At the front of the K8 sits a new signature frameless ‘tiger nose’ grille that gives the K8 presence and authority. The frameless grille, which is integrated within the front bumper to give a clean yet expansive look, features an intricate diamond lattice designed to express the movement of light. The front lamps include a turn signal that resembles a star could.
Symbolically pointing the way forward – and sitting proudly at the very front of the K8, just above the reimagined ‘tiger nose’ grille – is Kia’s contemporary new logo that expresses ‘symmetry’, ‘rhythm’ and ‘rising’ elements, embodying Kia’s confidence and renewed commitment to customers.
Inspired by a yacht
The elongated K8 (5,015mm) features a sporty side profile with a dynamic character line that runs the length of the sedan and takes inspiration from yachts sailing across calm waters. A chrome finish runs along the DLO (Daylight Opening) line and the bottom of the doors, and finishes its journey at the rear lamp – adding confidence and gracefulness to the side of the sports sedan.
Completing the progressive yet elegant front and side profile is a dynamic and muscular rear-end that re-interprets the sedan of today as a modern ‘fastback’ passenger car. Strong, dropping shoulders add to the drama of the K8 at the rear, while a clean tailored spoiler beautifully finishes the sporty, low roofline.
Running below the spoiler lip is a futuristic-looking horizontal taillight that carries across the jewel patterned arrangements from the front and side and connects the K8’s next-generation LED rear light clusters.
The 3D vertical clusters hug the corners of the K8, emphasizing clean, angular lines at the rear and further adding depth and width to the rear of the car.
The Kia’s new logo and first-ever K8 badge sit at the rear just below the horizontal light dash.
All-new car, all-new name
The introduction of an all-new model name – the K8 – is part of Kia’s brand transition and represents the premium space in which the new sports sedan will occupy.
The K8 will offer a comfortable yet high-performance driving experience that will complement the simple, ergonomic ‘first class’ interior. The new model signals an upward journey in design, technology and modernity from the outgoing K7, delivering a class-leading package that redefines the meaning of sports sedan.
Due for market launch later this year, more information on the K8 will be made available to in due course.
Volvo Car Malaysia has officially invited the whole world to witness the arrival of the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 plug-in hybrid SUV on Malaysian shores on the 25th of February, on VCM’s official Facebook page.
The T5 Twin Engine marries Volvo’s efficient new 1.5-litre three-cylinder 180hp petrol engine with an 82hp electric motor. The T5 Twin Engine is not only the first hybrid powertrain in the XC40, it is also the first to be engineered for use in Volvo’s CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform.
It is front-wheel driven, in contrast to the established T8 Twin Engine (390hp) powertrain deployed in larger models built on the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which has all-wheel-drive capability. The powertrain’s efficiency and performance are supported by a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission, featured for the first time in a new-generation Volvo model.
The XC40 T5 Twin Engine models come with a recharging outlet on the nearside front wing. A 4.5m cable with a three-pin plug is provided as standard. Charging via the fast-charge cable will completely recharge the car’s high-voltage battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Fully charging via the three-pin plug cable takes between 3.5 and 6 hours.
Displaying cool, clean, contemporary lines, The XC40 Recharge T5, like its petrol-powered sibling, blends Scandinavian style with all the desirability and dynamism customers seek from a compact SUV. An impressive haul of industry awards has been matched by public enthusiasm for the car, which has quickly become the best seller in Volvo’s product range.
Generous equipment levels across the board major on seamless on-board connectivity, advanced comfort and convenience features, and cutting-edge safety aids.
Among the key features offered in the plug-in hybrid SUV include various driving modes (Pure electric, Hybrid, and Power), interior carpeting made of recycled plastic, a beautifully crafted gear shifter in genuine Swedish crystal handmade exclusively for Volvo by the glass artisans at Orrefors, and generous dose of storage compartments to name a few.
While Volvo has decided to call all of its electrified models “Recharge”, there are actually different versions of the electrified XC40. The XC40 Recharge T5 which we will be getting here is actually a plug-in hybrid, similar to the one offered in Thailand, and not the full electric engine-less and grille-less Recharge variant that is offered in more developed parts of the world.
That being said, more details of the XC40 Recharge T5 will be unveiled during its launch next week, so watch this space for more updates.
The Perodua D55L – the most advanced Perodua yet – is now open for booking, with X, H and AV variants at prices estimated between RM62,500 and RM73,400, on-the-road before insurance in Peninsular Malaysia.
“The Perodua D55L is the first model under the Perodua Smart Build blueprint, spearheading breakthroughs for Perodua in style, safety, technology, equipment levels and value,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.
Among the D55L’s headlining features is Advanced Safety Assist (ASA*). Available on all variants, the latest ASA features higher operating speeds than the current version and is capable of detecting two-wheeled vehicles.
Also available on all variants are Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, while the top AV exclusively gets Lane Keep Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control.
All these features make the Perodua D55L the first Perodua model to satisfy Level 2 Autonomous Driving standards.
“True to our aim to continually bring more and more advanced technology to the masses, the Perodua D55L AV is Malaysia’s most affordable Level 2 Autonomous vehicle, bringing state-of-the-art safety and convenience to a wider audience,” said Dato’ Zainal.
“SUVs remain very much in demand, and the Perodua D55L is our trendiest offering in this regard. Its compactness, contemporary style and modern features make it the perfect companion for day-to-day urban lifestyles,” he added.
The Perodua D55L is also Perodua’s first turbocharged vehicle, in line with the global downsized forced-induction trend, and the first Perodua to use a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), contributing to a class-leading rated fuel efficiency of 18.9 km/l.
LED headlamps are standard across the range, while H and AV variants get Adaptive Driving Beam, a 7-inch TFT multi-info display and a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system with voice recognition.
“As the government’s sales tax exemption is set to expire in end-June, don’t wait to book – our authorised sales advisors are eager to serve you and tell you more about the Perodua D55L at all our sales outlets nationwide, where strict COVID-19 guidelines are in place for your health and safety,” Dato’ Zainal said.
Variants and warranty
X and H variants are available in Glittering Silver, Granite Grey and Cobalt Blue, with the H variant also available in Pearl Diamond White and Pearl Delima Red. The last three colours are new for Perodua. The top AV can be had in Glittering Silver, Granite Grey, Pearl Diamond White, Pearl Delima Red, or the last two colours with a black roof. A five-year/150,000 km warranty is offered.
In case you’re wondering why we’re sharing pictures of the Daihatsu Rocky, the D55L is actually a rebadged version of the Daihatsu, and no official images have been shared yet. So, watch this space for more udpates on the D55L.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) just revealed the all-new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander yesterday, featuring a new design direction, premium quality, rugged performance and innovative technology.
The flagship SUV, which has been reimagined and reinvented in every way, will go for sale in North America in April 2021with other markets to follow. Hopefully Malaysia is also in the list.
From what we can see, the all-new Outlander has a very powerful sense of presence, thanks to the next generation Dynamic Shield front face, 20-inch wheels, protruding fenders, and what not.
The daytime running lights and turn signals are positioned in the upper part and given a thin, sharp shape to improve their visibility by oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. The headlights are actually placed beneath them toward the outside to illuminate the road more brightly and emphasize the wide body.
For the first time, Mitsubishi has used an ultra-high tensile strength steel sheet with hot stamping around the cabin to create a high-strength cabin structure with little deformation while also achieving weight reduction.
Powering the all-new Outlander is a newly developed 2.5-litre petrol engine that is paired to an 8-speed sport mode CVT, and an electronically controlled 4WD system for the 4WD model.
The all-new Outlander is also equipped with six modes for 4WD models and five modes for 2WD models. The mode selector in the centre console can be used to select the drive mode for choosing the road situation and Eco mode for choosing the operation style. The modes are Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow, and Mud.
Inside, the upper part of the dashboard is covered with a soft padding wrapped in leather, and stitching has been applied to project a high-quality feel. The door panels feature a large area of door inserts, and the same soft padding as the instrument panel and floor console sides is used to create a high-quality and comfortable space.
In addition, features such as seat heaters, 3-zone automatic climate control, and rear door sunshades are available depending on the trim level to make the rear seats more comfortable for a family SUV.
Speaking of seats, they can be flexibly arranged with multiple configurations to suit the number of passengers and their luggage. The second-row seats have a sliding and reclining function, as well as a 4:2:4 split division, allowing two adult passengers to comfortably sit in the second row even when carrying long items such as skis.
Space for storing smartphones is provided in the centre console tray, centre console side pockets, driver’s seat back pocket, and quarter trim pockets. The centre console tray also has a wireless phone charging function (15W) that charges smartphones when placed on it. USB charging ports Types C and A are provided, respectively, on the front and back of the centre console.
There are two types of meters depending on the trim level. While high-spec versions get a 12.3-inch full digital driver display, other variants get a 9-inch screen as the central display.
For the first time, Mitsubishi has also installed a windshield-type 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD) to project in full color the information required for driving. Audio services come courtesy of a Bose 10-speaker premium sound system, which also combines large door woofers with dual subwoofers for a powerful deep bass and a high-quality sound like a live performance.
Last but not least, safety and driver assistance features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), 11 airbags, Mitsubishi Connect, as well as operation by smartphone which can be used to display the vehicle’s parked position or to cause the vehicle’s lights to flash to show where it is parked.
Honda has unveiled the latest generation of its popular HR-V compact SUV, available with a powerful and responsive two-motor e:HEV powertrain as standard for the first time.
Available in Europe from late 2021, the all-new HR-V is the latest model in Honda’s line-up to wear the e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) badge, following the refreshed CR-V and all new Jazz that launched in 2020.
It expands Honda’s electrified line up as the brand moves further towards its goal of electrifying all of its European mainstream models by 2022.
The all-new HR-V delivers exceptional hybrid efficiency and advanced safety and technology features, all incorporated into a bold and sleek coupe-inspired form designed to enhance the class-leading interior space and comfort the nameplate is known for.
The next-generation HR-V e:HEV achieves a distinctive SUV presence in a compact coupe-inspired design. The new model embodies the brand’s seamless, clean, modern design philosophy seen in other recent new Honda models, that follows the key concepts of function and beauty.
The design includes a new bold integrated grille, while the body shape incorporates a long bonnet and sharper, more vertical sides to ensure there is no impact on interior space.
The bonnet centre is low and flat, with a shoulder line that flows to the base of the A-pillars, projecting a sense of stability and security that further enhances the SUV aesthetic.
Space, comfort and utility
The all-new HR-V achieves a compelling combination of premium SUV styling and exceptional spaciousness thanks to the clever packaging of its hybrid drivetrain components. As a result, the HR-V retains its predecessor’s class-leading interior space, with four adults able to sit in maximum comfort.
As with the exterior, the spacious interior has a solid, premium SUV feel, but with contemporary fabrics and soft-touch materials. The modern minimalist aesthetic, which is initiated by the horizontal sweep of the instrument panel, is the result of an uncluttered interior and dashboard, with each element carefully positioned to contribute to the sense of space.
The feeling of airiness and space is elevated by a new air diffusion system that creates a curtain of fresh air beside and above passengers, flowing from unique L-shaped vents positioned in the top corners of the dashboard.
Thanks to Honda’s compact, integrated powertrain technology and centre tank layout, the all-new HR-V also retains the versatile Magic Seats that offer both ‘fold-flat’ or ‘flip-up’ seat flexibility, depending on cargo space required.