Despite a relatively quiet launch, the Honda HR-V facelift is still garnering positive market response in Malaysia. Honda Malaysia has announced that the HR-V facelift has sold more than 14,800 units between January and November 2019.

Based on internal data collected, Honda claims that the HR-V maintains its first position in the Compact Sport Utility Vehicle segment, capturing 79% of the market share as of October 2019.

Honda Malaysia also claims to have remained at the top of the compact SUV market for four consecutive years since its launch in 2015. Over the years, the crossover achieved an average market share of 76%, and total sales of the model has exceeded 87,000 units.

The positive sales performance also made the HR-V the second best-seller in Honda Malaysia, contributing 19% to the total sales for the company.

Internal findings revealed Klang Valley contributed the highest sales at 49%, while the Southern and Northern region each make up 18% and 17% of total sales respectively.

Launched in January this year, the facelift Honda HR-V was introduced with two new variants – RS and Hybrid.

The RS, as with the other petrol variants, is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC engine, generating 142 hp and 172 Nm to drive the front wheels.

The Hybrid on the other hand, pairs a 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC engine ( 132 hp/156 Nm) to a single electric motor (29.5 hp/160 Nm), pushing out a combined output of 152 hp and 190 Nm of torque. The hybrid variant uses a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, while all other variants uses a CVT gearbox.

The newly introduced Passion Red Pearl colour option, which is exclusive to the range-topping RS variant, also appears to be the favourite colour choice among buyers, being selected in 29% of all HR-V sales.

Pricing for the Honda HR-V ranges from RM108,800 to RM124,800 on-the-road without insurance. As part of Honda’s Year-End Power Extras promotion, the petrol-powered HR-V can be had with rebates up to RM4,000, while the Hybrid variant is discounted up to RM10,000.