New Honda HR-V Facelift Launched In Thailand – Adds LaneWatch And AEB

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New Honda HR-V Facelift Launched In Thailand – Adds LaneWatch And AEB

The new facelifted Honda HR-V is now on sale in Thailand. The updated five-seater crossover can be differentiated from its predecessor by the new front bumper, and new grille. A new Civic-style reflector-type LED headlamp also replaces the previous model’s projector-type LED units.

The tube-pattern LED tail lights are different from the ones we have here on our Malaysia-assembled HR-V but note that this tail light was already available in Thailand as an optional item since the pre-facelift HR-V. The new facelift model’s merely adds an ornamental material on the housing.

Highlights of the new model are the addition of LaneWatch camera-based blind spot monitoring system, autonomous emergency braking (AEB, or City Brake Active System as Honda calls it), and the introduction of a new RS variant, which adds a sporty bodykit and different design 17-inch wheels.

LaneWatch was previously only available on the CR-V and Accord. It works only on the passenger-side and uses a camera located under the left-side wing mirror to feed video stream of the rear-left section of the vehicle, the area most susceptible to blind spot, into the infotainment display screen every time the left-side indicator is used.

City Brake Assist is a simpler, lower cost version of the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) feature used by the CR-V and Accord’s Honda Sensing suite of driving assistance features. It works on a similar principle as CMBS, but at lower speed ranges of below 30 km/h. It also prevents the car from lurching forward to an obstacle in front due to pedal misapplication.

The Thailand-market HR-V also comes with a panoramic sunroof but this feature was already available in higher range variants of the pre-facelift HR-V.

The powertrain is unchanged, with the same 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels via a CVT-type automatic transmission.

There are three variants on offer, with prices ranging from THB 949,000 to THB 1,059,000.



As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.



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