17 June 2015

2015 Honda HRV launch

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Words by Carlo Sapera | Photos by Leslie Sy

Compact crossovers are slowly gaining ground in our market. Mitsubishi has the ASX on their cards, while Subaru has the XV. Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) has just entered the arena with the all-new Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle, otherwise known as the HR-V.



The HR-V moniker is not actually new to our ears. It was introduced to our market more than a decade ago in four-wheel drive form. It was positioned below the CR-V. Production was discontinued in 2006.


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Known as the Vezel in Japan, the all-new HR-V is based on the Jazz platform and has a FWD configuration. It is powered by a 1.8 liter four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine that generates 141hp and 172Nm of torque (the same with the Civic). All variants come with the smooth and responsive Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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On metal, the HR-V sports a coupe-like appearance with slopping roof line towards the rear. Up front is the signature grille, flanked by scalpel-looking headlight clusters with daytime running LED lights (standard on the EL). We also liked those dual projector LED headlights on the high end variant. At the back are the triangular tail lights. This little crossover sits on 17-inch five spoke alloys, wrapped in 215/55 R17 tires.

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Cabin-wise, the E and EL are equipped with seven-inch touch screen audio, touch panel air conditioningpanel, seven-color floating illumination ring on the gauges, and Bluetooth hands-free telephone function (with SIRI).The top-of-the-line model gets leather seats too. We also noticed the high quality of the materials used and the high-deck console looks classy and modern. There’s plenty of legroom for all passengers. Surprisingly, the headroom at the back is okay despite of the down-slopping roof line.


Like the Jazz, it also features the ULT (Utility, Long, Tall) seats that can be configured to accommodate various items. Safety features like the Electronic Parking Brake with auto hold feature, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX are standard in all variants.  The multi-view reverse camera with dynamic guidelines is available on the E and EL grades, while the four rear corner sensors and side curtain airbags are only included in the top-of-the-line EL.


Other notable features included are engine start-stop button, USB/AUX/HDMI ports, wide-flow air-conditioning vents, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. HCPI mentioned that the HR-V will also be available with Modulo and Mugen packages for those who have deeper wallets.






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Here are the prices of the newly launched crossover: 1.8 S = PhP 1.190M; 1.8 E = PhP 1.230M; 1.8 E Modulo = PhP1.290M; 1.8 EL = P1.340M; and 1.8 Mugen = PhP1.5M.  It comes in Morpho Blue Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Ruse Black Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, or Taffeta White paint-jobs.