New Honda HR-V Launched in Malaysia- Is Pakistan Next?
After Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, the new Honda HR-V has been officially launched in Malaysia. The crossover’s latest iteration is offered in 4 variants and 3 powertrain options in Malaysian market.
The base S variant is powered by a 1.5L naturally-aspirated engine and is priced at RM114,800 (PKR 54.14 lac). Then comes the Turbo E (RM129,800/ PKR 61.21 lac) and Turbo V (RM134,800/ PKR 63.57 lac) variants, powered by the 1.5L VTEC Turbo engine. The flagship variant is the RS e:HEV hybrid, priced at RM140,800 (PKR 66.40 lac). All variants are backed by 5-years/ unlimited km warranty, while the hybrid’s lithium-ion battery gets a separate 8-years/ unlimited mileage warranty.
The all new HR-V (known as Vezel in Japanese Domestic Market) is substantially different from its predecessor. The styling is very much coupe-inspired with a sloping rear hatch. Interestingly there is no signature solid wing face up front. The tall, wide headlights and more vertical nose make the car look wider and more imposing while devoid of any creasing it portrays a very clean and minimalistic look.
Inside, the minimalist theme continues with simple dashboard design and full-width air vents and looks similar to the one deployed in the 2022 Civic sedan. The new HR-V is more spacious inside compared to the outgoing model, with Honda claiming +35 mm foot and knee room for rear passengers, who also get a backrest angle that’s two degrees more reclined.