Launching soon in Malaysia, here's all you need to know about the 2022 Honda HR-V

Eric · May 17, 2022 05:09 PM

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Thai-spec car pictured
  • 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.

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Thai-spec car pictured

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.

Also Read: Spied: Corolla Cross beware, all-new 2022 Honda HR-V seen in Malaysia

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

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Thailand's HR-V is a hybrid-only model

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.

Also Read: Toyota Corolla Cross and Honda HR-V dominate Thai compact SUV sales in Jan-Feb 2022, which is No. 1?

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Thailand's entry-level HR-V pictured

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.

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Indonesia's VTEC Turbo-powered HR-V shown

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.

Also Read: Closer look at the world's first VTEC Turbo-powered 2022 Honda HR-V RS

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Indonesia's HR-V E variant, powered by a non-turbo, 1.5-litre engine

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.

Also Read: Low maintenance, reliable, but no more - Reasons why 1.8 i-VTEC is dropped for 2022 Honda Civic FE

Equipment – We could get the CRT TV-like infotainment screen

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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.

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The ASEAN-spec Corolla Cross does not get the sleek display

This treatment is also seen on the ASEAN-spec Toyota Corolla Cross, which is completely different from the rest of the world.

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At least support for modern connectivity like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is there.

Also Read: Malaysia-bound 2022 Honda HR-V may get Corolla Cross-style CRT TV-like infotainment? Here’s why

Safety – Honda Sensing is almost certainly going to be offered

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Thai-spec Honda HR-V shown

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.

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Thai-spec Honda HR-V shown

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?

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Thai-spec Honda HR-V shown

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.

Also Read: 2022 Honda HR-V to launch in Malaysia after June - VTEC Turbo, e:HEV hybrid hinted

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.

Also Read: 2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV: How much will this Corolla Cross Hybrid rival be priced when it arrives in Malaysia later this year?

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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