This is the second time HCPI introduced a vehicle with the HR-V acronym in the Philippines with the first one hitting the domestic market in 1998. Although the concept of the 1998 HR-V was quite revolutionary, its styling never rubbed on car buyers at that time. Times were also bad for car makers at that time. When the HR-V was introduced in 1998, HR-V meant Hi-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle.
The latest HR-V, however, now means Hip and Smart Runabout Vehicle and it seems to really represent HCPI’s latest offering for the Philippine market.
“The all-new HR-V was developed with a new definition in mind. HR-V now stands for ‘Hip and Smart Runabout Vehicle.’ The all-new HR-V presents the uniqueness in all dimensions, a premium and sporty crossover with high-class appeal that will fulfill the demands of a diversified lifestyle,” said HCPI president and General Manager Toshio Kuwahara.
HCPI describes the all-new HR-V as a new generation Crossover Compact SUV that fuses together the personal feel of a coupe, sporty exterior and comfortability of a sedan, toughness and confidence of an SUV.
When it comes to styling, the all-new HR-V has strong cues of a coupe-like aero-cabin and SUV-like lower body developed under the exterior design concept of “Dynamic Cross Solid.”
The all-new HR-V is motivated by a 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum power output of 141 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. It is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The HR-V also has safety features such as driver and passenger SRS airbags (with side and side curtain airbags for the top-of-the-line variant), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Multi-view Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines (for the mid and top-of-the-line variant) and rear sensors for the top-of-the-line, Seat Belt Reminder, ISOFIX and Immobilizer. Cruise control and paddle shifters are available for the top and mid variants.
Standard for the top-of-the-line models are LED Day Time Running Lights (DRL), LED Dual Projector Head Lights, LED Guide Tail Lamp while 17-inch alloy wheels are standard across all HR-V variants.
Cockpit, electronic parking brake
Meanwhile, the interior design of the all-new HR-V was developed under the “Expansive Cockpit” concept to provide an SUV-like instrument panel and a cockpit-like satellite interface. The interior also incorporates high-quality material with the abundance of soft-touch materials and premium detailing emphasized by precise bezels, sophisticated stitch lines and piano black highlights.
Furthermore, tshe all-new HR-V is the first vehicle in the Honda line-up locally to have the Electric Parking Brake that is controlled with a single button or switch. With the seatbelt is fastened and the driving gear shifted, the parking brakes are released just by stepping on the accelerator.
The suggested retail prices for the all-New HR-V are: 1.8S CVT, P1.19 million; 1.8E CVT P1.23 million; and 1.8EL CVT P1.34 million.
Modulo and MUGEN accessories will also be available that can be purchased individually or as a package. MUGEN accessories are the following: front grille, front under spoiler, rear and side under spoiler, lower wing spoiler and ventilated visor. Modulo accessories on the other hand, include, front grille, front and rear aero bumper, side under spoiler, front lower garnish, running board and door visor.
The HR-V variant (1.8E CVT) installed with Modulo accessories is priced at P1.29 million while the variant with MUGEN accessories (1.8EL) is P1.50 million.