2021 Honda HR-V finally comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as standard!

Honda Malaysia today introduced the 2021 model-year update for the HR-V, with no changes in pricing (except for the Hybrid variant, of which pricing has not been announced yet).

The most notable change to the B-segment SUV is the addition of a new seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment display across all variants, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard. The change also brought about two additional USB ports in the centre console.

The new unit seems to be identical to the one on the all-new Honda City.

The Honda HR-V Hybrid i-DCD on the other hand, receives a much more substantial update for 2021. Exterior wise, the HR-V Hybrid finally gets LED headlights, LED fog lights, and LED combination tail lights. Meanwhile on the inside, the hybrid variant gets new chrome door handles, and a new three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Along with the equipment changes, the existing White Orchid Pearl exterior colour has been replaced by the new Platinum White Pearl, which you may remember as the Honda City’s best-selling colour.

As mentioned above, there are no changes in pricing for the 2021 Honda HR-V, despite the added equipment. The range starts off with the 1.8 E variant at RM104,000, followed by the 1.8 V at RM113,422, and the 1.8 RS at RM118,582. All prices mentioned above are on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of the sales tax exemptions which has been recently extended until June 30, 2021.

Honda Malaysia says that the pricing information for the 2021 Honda HR-V Hybrid will be announced at a later date.

The Honda HR-V RS in Passion Red Pearl.

The company managed to sell a total of 60,469 cars in 2020, retaining its title as the nation’s No. 1 non-national car brand. Of those, 17% comprised of the Honda HR-V. In a stark contrast (literally) to the Honda City, Passion Red Pearl was the colour of choice for buyers, with 30% of customers opting for the red hue.

The V variant was also the most popular choice in the four variant-strong line-up, making up 41% of all Honda HR-Vs sold last year. 

Despite the facelift exercise in 2019, the Honda HR-V Hybrid still featured the dotted LED taillights.

Honda Malaysia managing director and CEO, Toichi Ishiyama said, “This enhanced model is a result of customers’ feedback as we continuously strive to introduce products that meet the needs of customers. One such feature is the Apple CarPlay connectivity for more convenience when driving.

“We owe our gratitude to all Honda owners for their strong support and for choosing the HR-V as their desired Honda model. Honda Malaysia is committed to cater to the needs of our customers through constant monitoring of the market demands and customer feedback.”


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