In exactly one month, Honda will be unveiling the all-new 2021 HR-V, which will be succeeding the current HR-V which has been around for eight long years.
The main highlight of the 2021 Honda HR-V is that it will feature the company’s advanced two-motor e:HEV hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time.
The e:HEV hybrid system is the same as the one powering the all-new Honda Jazz which will most probably not be arriving here. Instead, we will be getting the City Hatchback that has already been launched in some markets in the ASEAN region.
Coming back to the all-new HR-V, Honda says that the compact SUV will exemplify the brand’s commitment to achieving its ‘Electric Vision’ strategy that will see all of its European mainstream models electrified by 2022.
The HR-V is the latest model in Honda’s line-up to wear the e:HEV powertrain badging, joining the CR-V and all new Jazz which was launched in Europe last year.
Our guess for the 2021 HR-V is that it will be powered by the same electric motor as the new Insight, which produces 131 PS and 267 Nm of torque, which complements an engine that makes 108 PS and 134 Nm of torque, bringing the combined output to 153 PS.
While Honda has confirmed that only the e:HEV version will be sold in Europe, what will come to this part of the world remains unknown. Looking at what Honda is offering in market such as ours – both the regular petrol version and also the hybrid – there is hope for the new HR-V e:HEV to make it to our shores in the future.
Other than that, we can expect all the latest technology and gizmos from Honda such as the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging among others to be featured in the all-new HR-V.
Design wise, the all-new HR-V will definitely be looking more angular and less curvaceous as the one we have now. Looking at the teaser images, the compact SUV is hinting at something that will look quite premium versus what we have at the moment.
Among the few details which we can notice in the teaser images include a muscular look with protruding wheel arches, LED lights, a glass roof, as well as a rear spoiler and character lines that give the HR-V a sportier appearance.
Having said that, watch this space for more details on the 2021 Honda HR-V as the countdown for the world premiere has officially started.
Honda Malaysia today officially introduced the enhanced 2021 HR-V with a new feature and exterior upgrades for the Hybrid variant.
In addition to the Platinum White Pearl colour, all variants are now equipped with a new 7” Display Audio that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two new USB ports in the centre console for added convenience.
Meanwhile, 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 Leather Steering Wheel, giving a sporty driving impression.
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).
Besides that, the HR-V RS is equipped with Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) 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, as well as Black Front and Rear Bumper.
The prices of the four enhanced HR-V variants are maintained as follows:
HR-V E – RM104,000
HR-V V – RM113,422
HR-V RS – RM118,582
HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD – To be announced
The Company informed that the price of the HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD variant will be announced later.
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.
Other key features of the new HR-V include the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, 8-way Driver Power Seat, Leather Seats, and Honda LaneWatch.
The new HR-V is also equipped with a host of standard safety features such as Six Airbags, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Automatic Brake Hold (ABH), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Rear Seat ISOFIX.
To place a booking for the enhanced HR-V, customers can access the New Car Pre-Booking Online Platform at prebook.honda.com.my to pre-book their car or visit any of Honda Malaysia’s authorized dealers.
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 No. 1 position in the Non-National Compact SUV segment with a 73% market share as at November 2020.
Honda Malaysia today announced a product recall involving 55,354 units of Honda vehicles to replace its fuel pump as a precautionary measure, in line with the Honda global fuel pump recall.
The affected models are mentioned below:
As of today, there are no incidences of crashes or injuries caused by this issue reported in Malaysia.
The replacement of the affected fuel pump is free of charge and all cost related to this replacement activity will be borne by Honda Malaysia.
The replacement stock will be available in stages. As the Honda Toll Free number is undergoing technical maintenance, vehicle owners can obtain more information on this product recall by contacting any Honda authorized dealer or log on to www.honda.com.my to check their vehicle status.
Honda Malaysia has announced a new interior colour addition to the HR-V RS – “Classy dark brown leather”.
The new classy dark brown leather interior, which will complement the existing black leather interior, is fitted into the centre console, front panel, driver and passenger seats (front and rear) as well as door panel lining.
The new dark brown leather interior also happens to be a feature that is available exclusively in the Malaysian market.
Launched in 2015, there are more than 91,000* units of HR-V on Malaysian roads. The facelifted HR-V which was introduced in January 2019, has sold more than 19,000 units with the RS variant contributing 21% to the total facelifted HR-V sales.
The HR-V RS is powered by a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine combined with Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) to deliver a balance of performance and fuel efficiency.
It is also equipped with an exciting feature – the Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system for a sportier and responsive driving experience.
Other standard features include the 7-inch Display Audio, Paddle Shifter, Honda LaneWatch, as well as the Multi-Utility Cargo Space.
Standard safety features in the HR-V include Six Airbags, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Automatic Brake Hold (ABH), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Rear Seat ISOFIX.
The HR-V RS outfitted with the new dark brown leather interior is priced at RM124,800, similar to the current RS variant. The HR-V RS is available in 3 colour options namely Passion Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearl.