Sources have revealed to Carlist.my that the incoming 2022 Honda HR-V will be offered in 4 variants in Malaysia - the Honda HR-V S, E, V, and RS with prices starting from RM120k to RM140k.
The variants on offer for the 2022 3rd-generation Honda HR-V in Malaysia will mirror the offerings of the 2022 Honda City Hatchback that was launched locally in December 2021.
The 4 variants of the Honda HR-V will be:
We've been informed that prices will begin from RM120k and top off at RM140k - which would make it very competitively priced against its direct rival the Toyota Corolla Cross which retails from RM123k topping off at RM137k for the Hybrid variant.
As with our neighbouring markets, the standard engine is the now-established L15B. The base variant will arrive in the all-new HR-V without a turbocharger and has a reduced output of 121PS and 145Nm just like City E, S, and V variants.
A notch up the pecking order we find the e:HEV version with Honda's i-MMD hybrid system (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive). It uses the same engine, albeit one that runs on the more efficient Atkinson combustion cycle, to power an electric traction motor that delivers 106PS and 253Nm to the front wheels.
No turbocharged RS variant (a world-first for an HR-V) will be made available in Malaysia as available in the Indonesian market.
By volume, the all-new 2022 HR-V is slightly down on its predecessor thanks to being slightly shorter from nose to tail. It's lower too, but 20mm wider than before to accommodate its lower-slung coupe-like body.
That said, Honda has sought to keep the cabin experience in their newest crossover a commodious one, utilising its much-known use of excellent interior packaging to yield unexpected levels of cabin space which should at least be on par with the outgoing model in terms of shoulder room (extra width?) and is claimed to improve on legroom despite the same wheelbase length of 2,610mm. Headroom could be a weakness, though, thanks to that heavily raked rear screen.
Upfront, the dashboard has seen a total overhaul and adopts a floating (but with a sizeable back panel) 7-inch infotainment touchscreen and full-width look HVAC vents as the 11th-gen Civic. Buttons on the centre stack have been reduced to ones surrounding a trio of knobs for climate control and some extras on the multi-function steering wheel, giving a very minimal aesthetic overall.
Honda Connect plays a larger role in the all-new 2022 HR-V, though its breadth of ability is contingent on the background infrastructure available locally, and in Japan is even able to support having its own in-vehicle WiFi network, but like the panoramic glass roof, we’re unlikely to receive that in Malaysia.
The big headlining feature here is the full inclusion of the Honda Sensing suite, something that the outgoing model did not have.
When it does arrive, and knowing that it cannot afford to lose further ground to competitors, we expect the majority of the incoming range to feature some Sensing tech, if not the full complement altogether.
However, seeing as how the City and City Hatchback only arrive with LaneWatch in the 1.5V, we might find the usual 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control in the base variants with Sensing reserved for the top-rung petrol-only variant and the e:HEV.
In the upper two variants, buyers will be treated to autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and front departure alert. Also of note is the continuing absence of rear cross traffic alert.
We should also see some if not all of these additional features when the 2022 Honda HR-V makes landfall here:
The color to get has to be the all-new Sand Khaki Pearl as witnessed in the video below.