Honda HR-V Launch


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Honda HR-V

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Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI or Honda) felt that there is a distinct set of motorists who find the Pilot and the CR-V sport utility vehicles/SUVs as too bulky to fit in a standard garage – and launched the HR-V to augment the Japanese “H’s” SUV lineup.

Officially billeted as a Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle, the HR-V resembles somewhat the previous model CR-V, albeit with sleekier side and rear profiles. Developed on a platform shared with the present Honda Jazz subcompact hatch, the HR-V sports a center-mounted fuel tank layout and Honda’s trademarkULT (Utility, Long and Tall) rear seats that can fold flat or fold like an accordion to swallow large and long items. Honda claims that with the rear seats up, the HR-V has has 393 liters of cargo room, and with the 60/40 rear seats folded flat the HR-V‘s 1,665 liters of space rivals mid-size SUVs. Expansive use of ultra-high strength steel (up to 27 percent of the body) contributes to improved rigidity that enhances collision protection, handling response and ride quality.

The driver-centric interior features an expansive, airy cockpit with an abundance of soft-touch materials and premium detailing highlighted by precise bezels, classystitch lines, and luxury segment-level brushed chrome and piano black highlights. The practical aspect of the cabin totes Honda’s Wide-Flow air conditioning that distributes cool air throughout the cabin quickly. Also, there’s a three-binnacle gauge cluster that has illumination rings, plus an “Eco” light and icon that reward fuel-efficient driving with ambient lighting that changes from white to green depending on driving conditions and the heaviness of your right foot on the throttle.

The HR-V comes with a smart entry key, which allows you to open all doors with just the key fob on your person and your thumb on a square within the exterior driver’s side door handle. Starting the engine comes courtesy of a start/stop ignition button, and steering wheel audio controls help toggle between menus on the in-car entertainment (ICE). The mid-spec E and top end EL variants come with features hip with young motorists, such as touch panel automatic climate control systems, plus ICE that have seven inch touchscreen multi-information displays (MIDs), USB and HDMI power ports, six speakers, a touch panel automatic climate control, and Bluetooth hands-free calling that’s compatible with Apple’s Siri. Lastly the HR-V EL adds a dose of luxury with leather seats.

Making the HR-V move is a 141 hp/172 16-valve, SOHC (single overhead camshaft)1.8L inline four cylinder gas engine. The engine is the same one found under the hood of the current 1.8L Honda Civic, and the HR-V 1.8L is paired solely to Honda’s seamless and sporty “Earth Dreams” continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) – which emphasizes early upshifts and reduced fuel consumption (the Earth Dreams part of the CVT), with the mid-spec E and top end EL variants geting paddle shifters and cruise control.

The HR-V features independent MacPherson struts upfront and a torsion beam rear suspension that not only maximizes rear seating and cargo space, but provides outstanding handling and ride characteristics. The electric power steering provides a light feel while using less mechanical parts. Four wheel disc brakes are standard across the line, along with anti-lock braking ability, hill-start assist (HSA),vehicle stability assist (VSA) and an electric parking brake (with automatic brake hold, which makes the unit stationary during the transition from “[N]”eutral to “[D]”rive or “[R]”everse). 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R series rubber come standard, along with dual airbags (the EL model gets four more airbags)and Isofix child seat anchors.

The HR-V comes in a range of five colors, the availability of which is dependent on the variant: Taffeta White (E and S), Carnelian Red Pearl (E and S), Modern Steel Metallic (all), Ruse Black Metallic (all), Morpho Blue Pearl (E and EL), and White Orchid Pearl (EL only).

The HR-V is P1.19 million for the S CVT, P1.23 million for the E CVT, and P1.34 million for the EL CVT. For added individuality, Honda is also offering both Modulo and Mugen appearance packages for the HR-V as well. The E CVT Modulo is pegged at P1.29 million while the EL CVT Mugen is at P1.5 million.

Pull quotes:

Expansive use of ultra-high strength steel (up to 27 percent of the body) contributes to improved rigidity that enhances collision protection, handling response, and ride quality.

The driver-centric interior features an expansive, airy cockpit with an abundance of soft-touch materials and premium detailing highlighted by precise bezels, classy stitch lines, and luxury segment-level brushed chrome and piano black highlights.

Making the HR-V move is a 141 hp/172 16-valve, SOHC (single overhead camshaft) 1.8L inline four cylinder, the same powerplant under the hood of the current 1.8L Honda Civic.

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(For exterior)
Coupe-like stance. Even when viewed from the outside,Honda makes it clear that the HR-V is meant for a sportier crowd. A coupe-like stance, a powerful tapering face, Honda’s proprietary Solid Wing design and a deeply sculpted lower body enforce that notion.

(For interior)
Incredible value. For P1.19 million-P1.5 million, one can take home a Honda HR-V. This pricing setup is based mostly on what the cabin offers occupants, including atouch panel automatic climate control system, six-speaker touchscreen in-car entertainment (with USB and HDMI power ports, plus and Bluetooth hands-free calling that’s compatible with Apple’s Siri), and leather seats on the top end EL version.

(For engine)
Share a platform, win more customers. Honda is betting that customers will flock to the HR-V, due to a presentation that presents itself as a rung below the CR-V sport-ute, and a 1.8L engine platform shared with the present Honda Civic.

Text and photos by Jude Morte
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