UPDATED: New Honda HR-V set for Australian debut

HONDA Australia has confirmed initial details for its new HR-V, set to feature an advanced two-motor e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain for the first time. Premium SUV styling, maximised interior space and seamless connectivity are also included.

The latest generation Honda SENSING driver-assist and active safety systems will find their way into the reimagined HR-V as well, with the new model representing the culmination of an extensive reassessment of modern consumer attitudes and Honda’s market position.

As a result, and in a similar fashion to the new Civic, Honda will offer just one non-hybrid variant of the HR-V, as well as the e:HEV model (again, much the same as what they’re about to do with the Civic).

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In this case, the overhauled model takes on contemporary coupe-SUV body styling that appeals through the simplicity of its design, while its exceptionally spacious and versatile interior is more user-oriented and comfortable to sit in than ever.

The efficient packaging of powertrain components in an updated version of Honda’s global small platform, along with the brand’s clever centre tank layout, play key roles in enhancing cabin space and providing maximum passenger comfort.

The interior space, advanced design and intuitive technology optimises airiness, comfort, ergonomics and versatility to serve the needs of the driver and passengers.

By repeatedly tuning and testing every element that directly impacts on the driving experience, Honda has significantly enhanced the overall handling capability and comfort of the HR-V too.

It will be offered as a Vi X grade, powered by an efficient 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine and rise to the range topping e:HEV L, fitted with the advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain that delivers efficient and responsive performance.

Included among the high level of standard equipment and features for the new HR-V will be 18-inch alloy wheels with tyre deflation warning, LED headlights with high beam support, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow.

A 9.0-inch advanced display infotainment and audio system with satellite navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay will be joined by smart keyless entry with push button start. The hybrid also gains additional equipment.

The list includes a hands-free power tailgate with walk-away close, heated steering wheel and front seats, an acoustic windscreen and LED active cornering lights.

Available to order at Honda Centres around Australia from March 31, the Vi X grade starts the HR-V range with a national drive away price of $36,700, while the high-series e:HEV L grade comes to market with a national drive away price of $45,000.

The 2022 HR-V will be available in a choice of five exterior paint colours, including Premium Opal, Platinum White and Crystal Black, with metallic Meteoroid Grey and Premium Crystal Red rounding out the palette.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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