For reference, the outgoing RU-generation is priced between RM 104,000 to RM 118,854, but don’t expect the upcoming, newer RV-generation model to start at these prices.
Upon the arrival of the all-new RV-generation model in July, one can expect prices to increase by around 5 to 10 percent, depending on variant.
While the entry-level RU-generation HR-V was priced from RM 104,000, the upcoming RV-generation model could potentially start from the RM 110k mark, roughly a 6 percent increase.
As for the range-topping variant, the RU-generation HR-V is priced at RM 118,854. Upon the debut of the new generation HR-V, the top-spec variant could potentially touch the RM 130k mark, but not exceeding the RM 140k mark – the latter is the starting price of the much larger Honda CR-V.
First and foremost is the fact that the all-new Honda HR-V is more upmarket than before. In addition to the more premium materials, the RV-generation HR-V also adds side air-conditioning vents that double as an air curtain for the front-side windows to keep the cabin cooler in our tropical climate.
Then there’s the improved specifications compared to the predecessor model. Never mind the fact that all variants of the RV-generation HR-V gets automatic LED headlights and rear air-conditioning vents, the headlining feature is the inclusion of the Honda Sensing ADAS suite on all variants.
Another factor that we’ve reported before is due to the higher material and logistic costs, which is affecting the entire industry as a whole, not just Honda.
In theory, by downsizing the outgoing HR-V’s 1.8-litre engine to 1.5-litre in the upcoming model should incur lower excise tax, but the difference is too little and the increase in specs will offset any savings. The best example would be the 2022 Proton X70, as the smaller engine didn’t necessarily reduce prices.
For the Malaysian market, Honda Malaysia will be offering no less than 3 different powertrains here: a naturally-aspirated unit (121 PS, 145 Nm), turbocharged unit (177 PS, 240 Nm), as well as the i-MMD petrol-electric hybrid (131 PS, 253 Nm). All engines are 1.5 litres in capacity.
Now that Honda Malaysia has opened bookings and previewed the all-new 2022 Honda HR-V, all that’s left is the official launch of the model, which is slated to happen some time in July.