Malaysia plays catch-up as Singapore launches all-new 2022 Honda HR-V; priced from RM 385k!

Sanjay · Jan 21, 2022 08:43 PM

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1.5 HX e:HEV in front; the 1.5 DX is behind

When scary numbers precede a model then chances are it's a launch in Singapore. You'd be right, as the all-new 2022 Honda HR-V has just been launched in the island, the second ASEAN market to get the model behind Thailand.

Customers can choose between one pure-petrol variant (1.5 DX) or the range-topping hybrid (1.5 HX e:HEV), with prices ranging from SGD 123,999 (~RM 385k) to SGD 154,999 (~RM 482k).

The Singapore-spec HR-V is fully-imported, CBU Japan.

Details of the Singapore-spec HR-V

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1.5 HX

The base DX variant gets a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine paired to a CVT, with total output being 118 PS with 142 Nm of torque. Both variants are front-wheel drive (FWD).

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How the e:HEV system works

On the tip of the model's totem pole is the 1.5 HX e:HEV. Under the hood of that is Honda's dual-motor Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system, which mates a 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle naturally-aspirated engine (106 PS/127 Nm) with an electric motor (131 PS/253 Nm), as it is in our Honda City RS.

Claimed fuel economy figures for the 1.5 DX is 5.8 litres/100 km, and 4.3 litres/100 km for the HX.

Also read: Review: 2021 Honda City RS e:HEV – Hybrid perfomance for the common man

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Standard equipment on the HR-V are LED headlights, LED daytime running lights (DRLs), and LED combination tail lights.

Differentiating them are wheels (16-inches on the DX, 18-inches on the HX), and the hybrid variant also gains LED fog lights.

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All variants also get keyless entry and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, however the pricier variant gets an 8-speaker audio system, compared to just 4 in the DX.

Also read: Honda explains how the 2021 Honda HR-V's A/C vents work like an air curtain to keep you cool

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Rear air-cond vents are standard, and since this is the all-new model it gets the fancy air-conditioning system that acts like an air curtain, and at the same time carrying over the famed ULTRA seats that was in its predecessor.

Also read: Honda City Hatchback's ULTRA seats, as clever as the Jazz's, and still the segment's best

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Sweetening the deal for would-be HR-V HX buyers are the additions of an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic windows all-around, automatic rain-sensing wipers, and perhaps most importantly a powered tailgate. None of these are offered on the cheaper DX.

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Drive mode selector is standard fitment

And like the Honda Civic FE – Honda Singapore's last launch – the HR-V comes with the Honda Sensing ADAS suite. These include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC with LSF)
  • Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN)

2022 Honda HR-V in Malaysia

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Now that our neighbours across the Causeway have got it, it's only a matter of time before us Malaysians join the third-gen HR-V owners' club. Covid-19 was the roadblock that prevented an earlier launch for us, but it's safe to say it's coming this year.

Also read: Originally planned to launch in Malaysia on Q1 2022, all-new Honda HR-V gets pushed back

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Upon its launch in Malaysia it'll go straight into a fight with the current SUV stalwart, the Toyota Corolla Cross. That said, don't expect current prices of the HR-V (RM 104k to RM 118k) to stay, as a price increase is inevitable.

Also read: All-new 2021 Honda HR-V gets more expensive in Japan; Malaysia to follow

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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