Parallel importers in Singapore have been hard at work, as they recently brought in the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V.
One such parallel importer is Leco Auto. They are selling two variants of the all-new Honda HR-V: the regular 1.5 G petrol and hybrid 1.5X e:HEV.
The Honda Vezel name is a clue to as where the SUV is from - Japan. The 1.5 G is the base variant and the 1.5X e:HEV is the entry-level hybrid variant.
Standard features include full LED headlights and LED tail lights. The only hint that it is a base variant are its 16-inch alloy wheels. Upper variants sold in Japan wear 18-inch units.
Its all-black interior certainly lacks the upmarket feel of the more expensive variants, but it still offers an electric parking brake (EPB), digital air-conditioning controls, as well as the nifty air curtain system.
The rear gets a centre arm rest and Honda’s ingenious Ultra seats.
Those aren’t paddle shifters on the hybrid. Instead, they are deceleration selectors. The hybrid also gets a semi-digital instrument cluster; it’s a regular analogue cluster for the petrol variant.
Check out the table below for the powertrain details:
|Singapore-spec Honda HR-V powertrain|
|Model||HR-V 1.5 G||HR-V 1.5 X e:HEV|
|Power (PS)||118||106 (engine), 131 (electric motor)|
|Torque (Nm)||142||127 (engine), 253 (electric motor)|
|Claimed FC (l/100 km)||5.89||4.03|
To cap it off, both variants get the Honda Sensing ADAS suite, which bundles:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Adaptive Cruise Control with edestrian detection, Low-Speed Follow (ACC w/ LSF)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
- Auto High-Beam (AHB)
The HR-V has been a jackpot for Honda, gaining over 32,000 bookings in just one month since its introduction.
Closer to home, the HR-V in Malaysia could be replaced by the next-gen Honda WR-V instead, since all the extra kit will almost certainly result in the HR-V having a significantly higher price.