Honda Malaysia added the New HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD to their existing HR-V lineup on 16 January 2019, making Malaysia the only country outside Japan to have the intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive (i-DCD) Hybrid system in the Compact Sport Utility Vehicle (thus far).
Honda Malaysia was the pioneer in bringing hybrid technology into Malaysia in 2004. The manufacturer was also the first to produce hybrid vehicles locally and the third country among Honda globally after Japan and United States of America to produce the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Hybrid model since 2012.
Malaysia is the only country outside of Japan to introduce the Sport Hybrid i-DCD line-up, starting with the Jazz Hybrid, City Hybrid and now with the New HR-V Hybrid, which holds the record as the first in the compact SUV segment in Malaysia with Sport Hybrid i-DCD.
Launched in 2015, the HR-V has performed positively, achieving total sales of more than 72,300 units in the year ending 2018. The HR-V has captured an average of 81%* market share in the Compact SUV segment since its launch, and continues to maintain its No. 1 position in the segment for the third consecutive years.
The New HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD is powered by a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine with Direct Injection which provides a boost to the vehicle performance with superior fuel efficiency. This is combined with 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission and Integrated High Power Motor. The combined output of the engine and motor assisted by the High-Power Lithium-Ion Battery provides Hybrid power is equal to a 2.0L engine with quick response and acceleration. The Sport Hybrid i-DCD system enables the vehicle to transfer power from its battery to motor during EV Mode which results in an efficient drive.
The system also includes an Electric Servo Brake System for improved energy regeneration and Fully Electric Driven Compressor air-conditioner system for the comfort of drivers and passengers especially in the hot Malaysian climate. Other Hybrid exclusive features include the 3D Illuminated Meter Cluster Multi Information Display, Shift by Wire and Sport Mode.
Besides the Hybrid variant, Honda Malaysia also launched the RS variant to complete the HR-V family with a total of 4 variants (Hybrid, RS, V and E). This is the first time the RS is being introduced in Malaysia, and to date, Honda Malaysia has received more than 4,600 bookings for the New HR-V.
The New HR-V RS is powered by a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine combined with Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) that delivers a balance of performance and fuel efficiency. It is also equipped with the Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system for sportier driving. The RS variant also comes with a Sporty 18-inch Dual-Tone Alloy Wheels, Sporty Design Front Grille and black front and rear bumper to further enhance its sportiness.
The New HR-V is both practical and functional with features such as the Multi-Utility Cargo Space which offers class leading cabin space. Other value added features include the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, 8-Way Driver Power Seat (V & RS), full leather seats (V & RS), Honda LaneWatch camera (V & RS), Cruise Control and Paddle Shift. Standard Safety features in the New HR-V include Six Airbags, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and ISO Fix.
The New HR-V is available in 5 colour options** namely Passion Red Pearl (a new colour in the Honda model line-up), Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic, and White Orchid Pearl (surcharge for this colour). Offered together with the New HR-V are three accessories packages namely Modulo Package at RM5,737, Urban Package at RM1,716 and Utility Package at RM902. Honda Malaysia continues to offer an 8-years warranty with unlimited mileage for the Hybrid battery.
The New HR-V Petrol are priced (On-The-Road without Insurance) at; RM108,800 for E variant; RM118,800 for V variant and RM124,800 for RS variant, while the New HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD is priced at RM120,800
Customers can currently visit any of Honda’s 97 Authorised Dealers to view, test drive and place a booking for the New HR-V.
For more information, call Honda’s Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020 or head over to www.honda.com.my
Visuals courtesy of Honda Malaysia.