Launching soon in Malaysia, here's all you need to know about the 2022 Honda HR-V
Eric · May 17, 2022 05:09 PM
RV-generation Honda HR-V to debut soon in Malaysia
Three powertrain options could be offered here, including a turbo
How much will it be priced at?
After 7 years of being on sale in Malaysia, the RU-generation Honda HR-V will soon bow out and be replaced by the newer RV-generation model.
The replacement RV-generation Honda HR-V has been spotted, albeit with full camouflage, doing rounds on Malaysian streets – hinting that Honda Malaysia is gearing up to introduce the successor to the best-selling B-segment SUV here.
Before the model launches here in Malaysia, let’s take a closer look at this upcoming model.
Powertrain – Malaysia could get up to 3 new powertrains
In our earlier report, we mentioned that the upcoming Malaysian-spec Honda HR-V will likely mirror Thailand’s model, featuring a 1.5-litre petrol-electric i-MMD system, but possibly even with the additional turbocharged and naturally aspirated 1.5-litre options.
In the case of the petrol-electric hybrid HR-V, it produces 131 PS and 253 Nm, courtesy of a petrol engine and two electric motors. Power is delivered to the front wheels via an E-CVT transmission, just like the Honda City RS.
Then there’s the turbo option. Back in March, Indonesia hosted the global debut of the Honda HR-V with forced induction. The 1.5-litre turbo unit in this HR-V delivers 177 PS and 240 Nm, hooked up to a CVT transmission.
But that’s not all – Honda could offer a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine with 121 PS and 145 Nm as the entry point into the HR-V family. Yes, the engine is 300-cc less than the older generation’s option, but compliance to environmental regulations make the 1.8-litre R18A engine unfeasible.
Equipment – We could get the CRT TV-like infotainment screen
Similar to our neighbours in Thailand and Indonesia, the upcoming Malaysian-spec RV-generation Honda HR-V could be fitted with a CRT TV-like infotainment screen, different from the floating-style one found on European and Japanese models.
This treatment is also seen on the ASEAN-spec Toyota Corolla Cross, which is completely different from the rest of the world.
At least support for modern connectivity like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is there.
Safety – Honda Sensing is almost certainly going to be offered
Considering that almost every new model in Honda Malaysia’s line-up gets the Honda Sensing ADAS suite, there is a good possibility that at least one variant of the all-new Honda HR-V will receive this feature.
On the outgoing RU-generation model, Honda Sensing wasn’t offered; but the LaneWatch camera was fitted to upper variants.
Price – How much will it be priced?
At this point of time, we don’t know for certain if the all-new 2022 Honda HR-V will be cheaper or more expensive, but the model will be comparatively priced against its key rival, the Toyota Corolla Cross.
The outgoing RU-generation HR-V is using a larger 1.8-litre engine, which sits in a higher excise tax bracket. In theory, prices for the new 1.5-litre HR-V should be cheaper but not if the 1.5-litre engine is a more complex hybrid or turbocharged unit – which is the case for the 2022 Honda HR-V.
At the moment, the RU-generation HR-V is priced between RM 104,000 to RM 118,581, while the Toyota Corolla Cross is priced between RM 123,000 to RM 136,550. Expect prices of the all-new HR-V to increase a bit more than before, but within the range of the Corolla Cross.