Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Martin Aguilar | posted June 10, 2015 09:03
Honda HR-V returns to the Philippine Market
After the launch of the Mobilio last April, Honda PH has further expanded its product lineup with the addition of the all-new HR-V. The new crossover slots below the CR-V and stands on the Honda Jazz platform. Honda says HR-V means Hip and sporty Recreational Vehicle.
This is not the first time the HR-V entered the Philippine market. The first generation HR-V was released in 1998. The all-new HR-V promises the feel of a coupe, sporty exterior and comfortability of a sedan, toughness and confidence of an SUV thanks to its high visibility, high ground clearance and full safety features and usability of a minivan with its flexible seats and large cargo capacity.
The all-new HR-V was designed under the concept called the Dynamic Cross Solid design. The downward swooping roof line resembles that of a coupe and the pillar mounted rear door handle reinforces Honda's coupe styling for the HR-V. The all-new crossover also features Honda's current design language with its bold grill which are unified with the headlights. It comes with LED day time running lights and LED dual projector headlights. At the back, the LED taillights are equipped for the top of the line variant. 17-inch Alloy wheels come standard across all HR-V variants.
Honda's interior design philosophy for the HR-V is called the Expansive Cockpit concept. To maximize interior space, Honda adapted the central fuel tank layout for more cargo capacity and passenger space. Honda says the occupant space rivals those of crossovers in one size class higher. The new HR-V's driver oriented dashboard houses a 5 inch monitor audio system for the base variant S model and a 7 inch touch screen for E and EL variants. Honda also put in soft touch materials on the door cards and a high-deck center console was also adopted to create what Honda says is “a coupe-like personal feel.”
Because the HR-V is based on the City/Jazz platform, the new crossover comes with Honda's ULT seats. The ULT seats can be folded flat for utility mode and the rear seat bases can be flipped upwards for tall mode for carrying tall items. The front passenger seat can also be folded for long mode for carrying items such as surfboards or sheets of plywood.
On the safety and technology front front, the HR-V comes with with dual airbagswith side and side curtain airbags for the top of the line variant, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, Anti-Lock Braking System, Emergency Stop Signal, Multi-view Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines for the mid and top of the line variants and rear sensors for the top of the line, Seat Belt Reminder, ISOFIX and Immobilizer.
Honda adds in an electronic parking brake which replaces the conventional pull type parking brake. It also comes with Auto Brake Hold which allows the driver to ease off the brake pedal in heavy traffic and traffic lights. The system works by the driver simply giving the brake pedal one deep press and the system holds the brakes afterwards. The system is disengaged by simply stepping on the accelerator pedal.
The all-new HR-V comes in three trim levels: The base S, midlevel E and the top spec EL. All HR-V's are powered by a 1.8 liter four cylinder with i-VTEC which produces 141 PS and 172 Nm of torque and all are paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission. The HR-V will also be available with Mugen and Modulo accessories such as chin spoilers and wheels. There are also six colors to choose from in the new HR-V which includes Morpho Blue Pearl (EL and E variants), Carnelian Red Pearl (E and S variants), Ruse Black Metallic (EL, E and S variants) , Modern Steel Metallic (EL, E and S variants), White Orchid Pearl (exclusive in EL variant) and Taffeta White (E and S variants)
Listed below are the prices for the all-new Honda HR-V:
1.8 S CVT Php 1,190,000
1.8 E CVT Php 1,230,000
1.8 E CVT Modulo Php 1,290,000
1.8 EL CVT Php 1,340,000
1.8 EL CVT MUGEN Php 1,500,000