Here it is, guys, the one you’ve all been waiting for. The all-new 2022 Honda HR-V has now finally made its official debut here in Malaysia, with four variants on offer starting at RM114,800.
Interestingly, Malaysia might just be the only region in the world to get the all-new HR-V in all three engine options, including the NA, turbocharged, and hybrid set-ups.
On the low-end, the entry-level S variant gets a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre inline-four engine sourced from the petrol-powered Honda City, with 121 hp and 145 Nm of torque on tap. Stepping up to the E and V variants will net you a much more powerful turbocharged version of the engine, making 181 hp and 240 Nm.
Both of the petrol-powered are paired to a CVT gearbox to drive the front wheels, translating to a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 12.1 seconds for the naturally-aspirated mill, and 8.7 or 8.8 seconds on the turbocharged variants.
As for the range-topping RS variant, you’ll find an e:HEV hybrid powertrain underneath the bonnet, consisting of a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle mill paired to two electric motors (one Traction motor) to make a maximum of 131 hp and 253 Nm. 0-100 km/h is achieved in 10.7 seconds, onward to a top speed of 170 km/h.
Just like the City RS, the wheels on the all-new Honda HR-V RS is also primarily driven by the Traction electric motor, with the lock-up clutch only engaging during high speed cruising to further enhance the crossover’s efficiency. As a whole, the hybrid variant is rated for a fuel consumption of just 4.1 l/100 km.
Aside from the entry-level S variant, all other variants of the 2022 Honda HR-V in Malaysia will come with the RS-style body kit, consisting of the chequered flag front grille and sportier bumpers. Buyers of the RS variant won’t be short-changed, however, as it does stand out with chrome detailing on the grille, as well as gloss black and chrome finish on the lower exterior trims.
Safety equipment is also a big highlight on the all-new HR-V, with all variants receiving the Honda Sensing ADAS suite as standard. These include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow function, lane keeping and lane centring assist, as well as automatic high beam.