The 2022 Honda HR-V, the king of B-Segment SUVs, has been eagerly awaited by Malaysian car enthusiasts and will be unveiled in Malaysia soon!
According to a “reliable source” from LocalCars.com, the 2022 HR-V will be available in Malaysia with three engine options, namely
◆ 1.5L i-VTEC natural gas engine with 121PS and 145Nm of torque (same as City Sedan & Hatchback)
◆ 1.5L i-MMD e:HEV hybrid engine, 130hp and 253Nm (same engine as 2021 City RS, but with about 24hp more)
◆ 1.5L VTEC Turbo four-cylinder turbo engine, 180Hp, 240Nm (same as 2022 Civic)
The most un-Honda-like Honda SUV
In fact, the new, overhauled HR-V made its world debut back in February last year and went on sale in Japan in April last year. Prior to the official debut of the new generation Honda HR-V in the Malaysian market, Honda Malaysia arranged a special flight to Thailand for a test drive, and one of the invited car reviewers, Dai Zuoyi, shared during the video recording that this is the least Honda SUV that looks like Honda.
Compared to the first generation, the new generation HR-V has more lines and a more imposing appearance. The three-dimensional and cool diamond-shaped tank shroud, the luxurious colour scheme and the most commented on and most talked about rear lights are all great highlights in the appearance of the new generation Honda HR-V.
The design of the rear end is strongly layered, this time with the recognisable LED through-headlights, which are normally wider in size, but in the case of the 2022 Honda HR-V, are slightly awkward and have the visual impression of ‘squashing’ the model.
From a distance, it looks like a Porsche Macan, especially in the Premium Sunlight White Pearl colour scheme. But overall, it’s one of the eye-catchers, with its sweeping presence.
The cabin of the 2022 Honda HR-V continues Honda’s distinctive MM philosophy of maximising cabin space and minimising mechanical space; the interior is much the same as that of the New City and New Civic, with the familiar Piano Black, familiar red stitching, electronic displays and EPI. The interior is much the same as that of the New City and New Civic, with the familiar Piano Black, red stitching, electronic display and EPB electronic handbrake, but with a nice texture and stylish design.
The 2022 HR-V for the Thai market also has a panoramic sunroof, Wireless Charger wireless charging version and electronic trunk opening + closing, but it is not yet confirmed whether these premium features will be available in China.
Handling performance comparable to European SUVs
The HR-V from Honda Thailand has only one source of power, the e:HEV i-MMD dual-motor hybrid system with 3rd generation Hybrid technology. The 1.5L Atkinson Cycle natural intake engine delivers 106PS and 127Nm of torque, while the Electric Motor and eCVT continuously variable transmission provide 131PS and 253Nm (instant torque).
The advantage of the e:HEV is that it is very fuel efficient in urban driving, with approximately 91% of the time spent in Pure EV purely electric driving, with the engine playing a secondary role, leaving the engine in charge at high speeds. The disadvantage is that the engine noise is noticeable at high rpm and the sound is greater than the actual speed, and the difference between Sport Mode and Normal Mode is not obvious.
Honda HR-V RS Malaysia
The Torsional Rigidity and Spring rate of the steering column of the new generation HR-V have been increased by 15%. The HR-V’s handling performance has been raised to several levels, and it is not at all inferior to other European SUVs on the market.
However, the B-Segment SUV is still a B-Segment SUV and has some inherent shortcomings, such as the Torsion Beam non-independent suspension, which does not provide a comfortable ride for rear passengers on curvy roads. There is also room for improvement in the feeling of legroom coverage.
However, the Magic Seats (ULTRA Seats) lift-off rear seats give the HR-V a bit of a leg up – after all, it’s a Honda patent that moves the fuel tanks under the front seats, transforming the HR-V into a nimble minivan.
“In summary, the new generation HR-V is a much improved vehicle compared to its predecessor and offers a very different experience, from the interior and exterior to the handling and power output, all of which are unique to the new generation.”