Honda HR-V facelift – Malaysian specifications revealed; four variants in all, including hybrid

Honda HR-V facelift – Malaysian specifications revealed; four variants in all, including hybrid

It has been a while coming, but it looks like the market introduction of the Honda HR-V facelift is around the corner. The specification sheet for the SUV – which was first previewed here in July last year and was scheduled to be launched sometime in Q3 last year, but was then delayed – has now emerged, and reveals the local model line-up in full.

The refreshed HR-V range in Malaysia will consist of four variants, three of these being regular petrol units – this starts with a base Grade E, followed by a Grade V, and topping out with the RS that was previewed last year. The fourth is HR-V Hybrid, its arrival in this market already alluded to by Honda Malaysia some time back when a range of hybrids from the automaker was sampled in Japan, the Vezel Hybrid masked by a mix of Fit, Grace, Jade and Freed hybrids.

The facelift introduces a new front end to the car, which measures in at 4,334 mm long, 1,772 mm wide and 1,605 mm tall in the case of the E, V and Hybrid, with a 2,610 mm-long wheelbase. The RS, which adds a sportier outlook with darkened contrast elements, including dark chrome door handles, black chrome license garnish and gloss black side sills and black fog lamp garnish, is longer by 12 mm and wider by 18 mm, with ride height remaining the same.

Exterior design tweaks for the mid-cycle refresh include a revised grille, featuring a thicker bar on which the Honda logo sits, along with new reflector-type full-LED headlamps, a reprofiled bumper and LED fog lamps. The rear end gets a new horizontal chrome link strip on the tailgate linking the tail lights, which now feature tube-type LED guides.

In terms of wheels, the E, V and Hybrid ride on 17-inch alloys, wrapped with 215/55 profile tyres, while the RS comes equipped with 18-inch two-tone five-spoke wheels and 225/50 series rubbers. Some differences in kerb weight – the E tips the scales at 1,257 kg, while the V weighs in at 1,271 kg. The RS and hybrid add on to this, measuring in at 1,290 kg and 1,300 kg respectively.

Boot space – for all the petrol variants – is 437 litres with the rear seats up, increasing to 1,032 with the seats folded. The hybrid gets a slightly smaller boot, volume on this one being 404 litres with the rear seats up and 991 litres with the rear bench folded down. Unlike the petrol version, the hybrid doesn’t come with a spare tyre but a temporary tyre repair kit.

Honda HR-V facelift – Malaysian specifications revealed; four variants in all, including hybrid

There are no changes to the powertrain and running gear for the petrol version, the facelift continuing on with the familiar 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine offering 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4,300 rpm, and this is paired with a CVT ‘box with paddle shifters. Specific to the RS model is a new Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system.

The HR-V hybrid features the Sport Hybrid i-DCD (intelligent dual-clutch drive) powertrain as seen on the Jazz Hybrid. This combines an Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre twin-cam i-VTEC engine and a 22 kW (30 PS)/160 Nm electric motor, which is juiced by a Blue Energy lithium-ion traction battery, working with a seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The output from the mill itself is up from that seen on the Jazz, the unit delivering 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 156 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Combined with the output from the electric motor, the system produces a combined 152 PS and 190 Nm of torque, slightly higher than that of the petrol-equipped model.

In terms of kit, the HR-V facelift is pretty uniformly specified from base model on. As standard, all variants come equipped with smart entry/push button ignition, automatic air-conditioning, auto headlights, daytime running lights, cruise control, paddle shifters, steering wheel audio controls and four speakers for the audio system, among others.

All versions come with a three-spoke steering wheel, but for the E and Hybrid this is finished in split leather, with upholstery being black half leather for the two models. They also feature halogen headlights (with manual levelling) and bulbed front fog lamps, and the audio system display screen is a 6.8-inch unit.

The V and RS adds on a full leather steering wheel and full leather upholstery, finished in black in the case of the V. Both variants also get LED headlights (with auto levelling), LED front fog lamps and a different LED configuration to the tail lamps (guides instead of direct LEDs on the E and Hybrid). The V and RS also come with a 7.0-inch audio display screen, and get an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

The interior of the RS, meanwhile, is a two-tone affair, as shown at KLIMS 18. The chosen primary shade is ivory, with dark grey providing contrast. The combination can be found on dashboard and centre console in the same fashion as the Japanese Vezel hybrid, but the seats for the Malaysian car are in a single colour, in this case, ivory.

In terms of safety, the HR-V now comes as standard with six airbags (dual front, side and side curtain), which was previously available only on the top V trim level on the pre-facelift. Also on, an emergency stop signal (ESS), vehicle stability assist (VSA) and hill start assist (HSA) and a multi-angle rearview camera as standard across the model range.

The preview had highlighted that the RS is equipped the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera, and as surmised correctly, it’s not the only variant to come with LaneWatch – the Grade V also comes with the system. However, there’s no City Brake Active System (CTBA) autonomous emergency braking on the local car.

Honda HR-V facelift – Malaysian specifications revealed; four variants in all, including hybrid

As for colours, five shades will be available for the HR-V 1.8 litre petrol, led by the new Passion Red Pearl paint, which is offered not just with the RS but for the E and V as well. The four other colours are White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Ruse Black Metallic.

The hybrid HR-V, meanwhile, will be available in three colours – Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic. Pricing is the only thing left to be revealed, and that should be very soon now.

Honda HR-V 1.8L Grade E

Gets as standard:
1.8 litre engine with 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4,300 rpm
Continuously variable transmission
17-inch alloys wheels with 215/55 profile tyres
437 litres of cargo space, 1,032 litres with rear seats folded down

Non-painted black front/rear lower bumpers and side sill
Body coloured side mirror cover
Body coloured outer door handle
Halogen headlights, auto, manual levelling
LED tail lamps (direct)
Daytime running lights
Bulbed front fog lamps
Shark fin antenna
Dark chrome licence plate garnish

Smart entry/push button start
Steering wheel audio controls
Paddle shift
Advanced multi-information combination meter
Auto air-conditioning
Cruise control
Three-spoke steering wheel, split leather
Half-leather black upholstery
6.8-inch display audio system, four speakers
HDMI/USB and hands-free telephone connectivity

Six airbags (dual front, side, side curtain)
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
ABS, EBD, automatic brake hold and hill start assist
Isofix mount points
Multi-angle rearview camera

Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic

Honda HR-V 1.5L Hybrid

Gets as standard:
Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre twin-cam i-VTEC engine with 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 156 Nm at 4,600 rpm.
22 kW (30 PS)/160 Nm electric motor, with Blue Energy lithium-ion traction battery
Sport Hybrid i-DCD system has a combined output of 152 PS and 190 Nm
Seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission.
404 litres of cargo space, 991 litres with rear seats folded down

On top of the Grade E, adds on:
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) steering control switch
Temporary tyre repair kit, in place of spare tyre

Colours: White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic

Honda HR-V 1.8L Grade V

On top of the Grade E, adds on:
LED headlights, auto levelling
LED front fog lamps
LED tail lamps (dual-tube guide style)
Chrome outer door handle

Full leather black upholstery
Three-spoke steering wheel, full leather
Eight-way adjustable powered driver’s seat
7.0-inch display audio system
LaneWatch camera

Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic

Honda HR-V 1.8L RS

On top of the Grade V, adds on:
Sports-type front grille
Mesh-style front foglamp garnish
Sports Black front/rear lower bumpers and side sill, side mirror cover
Dark chrome outer door handle
Black chrome licence plate garnish
18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, 225/50 tyres

Full leather ivory upholstery, dark-grey contrast trim
Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system
Sports pedal

Colours: Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic

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Anthony Lim believes that nothing is better than a good smoke and a car with character, with good handling aspects being top of the prize heap. Having spent more than a decade and a half with an English tabloid daily never being able to grasp the meaning of brevity or being succinct, he wags his tail furiously at the idea of waffling - in greater detail - about cars and all their intrinsic peculiarities here.

 

Comments

  • Ben Yap tertawa kuat on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Habisla X70! HAHAHAHA

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    • Low Spec Honda on Jan 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Honda Malaysia, where are the “Should Be” standard over the range Honda Sensing safety system? Honda Malaysia still treat us Malaysian consumers like crap. At RM100k without fully loaded safety system? Go sell these crap HRV kosong spec to 4th world country.

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    • Low Low spec Honda product on Jan 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Honda Malaysia just never learn, still think to cheat Malaysian consumers. Where is the AEB? Honda Sensing?

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    • Digidigi on Jan 14, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      so many people here still expect a hybrid will cost lower in range …. hahaha…. new government is going to remove the incentive, the reason they take so long to announce pricing is suggested pricing by government is much higher than current model, this happen to all car brand across all car range

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  • YB Kunta Kinte on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Eventhough this car is slightly smaller than X70, people will buy this over the overpriced RM123k Proton X70.

    At least this car is sold in over 200 countries and in all First WORLD countries.

    Proton X70 aka Boyue was rejected in all FIRST World Countries as a Reject despite Geely trying their best to market the X70 there.

    Have you wondered why?

    Have you wondered also why top car magazines in the US and UK like Top Gear, Autocar etc don’t review China cars?

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  • karpla on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Who is going to buy when you X70 is around?

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  • karpla on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Who is going to buy this when you know X70 is around?

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    • I420E on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Better buy x70 and Toyota Rush than Honda HRV and Perodua Aruz. The reason is because Honda HRV have lacking of safety features, which doesn’t even have Honda Sensing and no AEB as well as not lots of technological features which only have 4 speakers and having something basic specs. Whereas Proton X70 and Toyota Rush have lots of technological features, lots of safety features. But Perodua Aruz having lacks of safety features which doesn’t even have Blind Spot Monitor, no Rear Cross Traffic Alert, no Digital Video Recorder. Besides that, Perodua Aruz also having lacking of features as well like no auto AirCond, no Panaromic View Monitor and no 360 degree camera and no Daylight Running Lights.

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      RV bro, RV (resale value)

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    • (Like) Proton X70 and Toyota Rush
      (Dislike) Honda HRV and Perodua Aruz

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  • So the hybrid version gets petrol subsidi while the poor man low spec dun get subsidi? Lolz!

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  • John Crying Like a Baby on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    this car and the CRV 2.0 selling so cheap. CRV 2.0 brand new now selling for RM128k

    Better to buy CRV at this price than China junk X70 at RM123k

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    • Chavez on Jan 14, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      More BS from the BS king. You find me a RM129k brand new 2019 CRV and I will give you RM10k as commission. Mau? Talking BS wei!

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1
  • John Crying Like a Baby on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Honda HRV is a top seller in Malaysia. Reliable engine is better than China made X70.

    At least HRV got RV. Proton got no RV. China car even got no RV

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  • So, no Android Auto/Apple Carplay. Come on lah Honda Malaysia you bunch of dung beetles.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 36 Thumb down 1
    • bunny on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      Bro, HRV have only 4 speakers, no AEB, no Honda Sensing. It looks like Honda HRV is giving basic specifications and not lots of safety features.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 22 Thumb down 1
  • Hussein on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I already cancel my order for the Proton X70 because if I buy this car, when I go for kenduri, I can park my car infront of the kenduri house.

    If I buy Proton X70, I have to park far far away and walk. Because I malu

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    • Proud&DelicateBumi on Jan 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      U better walk all the way home then

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 23 Thumb down 2
      • Smart&DiligentBumi on Jan 15, 2019 at 8:45 am

        He mentions staying at Lembah Pantai upmarket area. Can take free Go KL bus

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    • Travinder Singh on Jan 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Why must you give such comment.Not all can afford a Honda.And if you are well aware with automobile,the X70 is a good car and we as a malaysia is proud about it.Please do not condemn.Last but not least if you are so ashamed of the car you have thrn you have to be ashamed of yourself.

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    • Dr Strange on Jan 14, 2019 at 11:17 pm

      If you buy car based on what people think of you, then you have more things to worried about, such as getting your life priorities right & get professional help for that massive insecurities & inferior complex within you.

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  • Safety First on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    No AEB, no buy! Why did they skimp on this safety feature? The car is not cheap in the first place. Should have come with it as standard.

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  • Hussein on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Got hybrid, so can enjoy Hybrid tax. That means hybrid might even be RM90k. Like that, habis lah Proton X70.

    Aruz and HRV so much cheaper than China car

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    • p2macai on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Alamak here he go again as we see the same troll that always came from Perodua Salesman, Honda salesman and Nissan Salesman detected who lives in cave.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0
    • Road Killer Machine (R.K.M) on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      I think the hybrid will be priced between grade E and V. I’m guessing around 110k-115k

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    • Happy on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Oh really? That’s like saying City Hybrid is priced lower than the lowest spec City or the Jazz Hybrid is priced lower than the lowest spec Jazz. Must be some seriously strong weed you got there.

      Speaking of price competitor, looking at the Proton X70 specs and the fact that it’s a properly sized SUV, this is a better value for those looking for SUVs. Aruz is just a kitted up Avanza and HRV is just a jacked up hatchback. Far from comparison to the superior Proton X70.

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    • Edwin L on Jan 14, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Got hybrid but no AEB, safety features worse than Proton X70!

      And hybrid battery cost Rm10k, imagine spending Rm10k more than X70? Even if both were to run 5 years (when the hybrid battery is due for change), X70 higher fuel consumption still won’t cost an extra RM10k.

      And lastly, due to most hybrid owners reluctance to replace the battery, they are stuck with super-duper low RV, compared to equally priced ICE cars. That means X70 will highly likely garner much higher RV after 5 years.

      This is the same reasons why not many went for City or Jazz hybrids, or even Ioniq from Hyundai.

      Don’t get me started on the utility use of Proton X70 compared to the cramped rear seats and near non-existent boot space of HRV or it’s Toyota rival CHR.

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    • Crabtree on Jan 14, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      There are plenty Honda Salesman here to bash Proton, Geely and Toyota and others

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  • newme on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Still no price yet. Waiting for what? Still want to wait for Proton to see their sales before making last adjustment to give advantage to proton?

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Still nego with gomen. Gomen “suggested” pricing to be higher than (based model) RM99K and (top end) RM123K

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  • Nagamerah on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Forget about the size…but this is good enough than x70. Lols.

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  • azrai on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Price?

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  • Ben yap on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    why downsize to 1.5 hybrid? it should be the 1.8 hybrid.

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  • Haidi on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    What’s the difference between the V and the RS?

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    • Road Killer Machine (R.K.M) on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      Read the article bro. Jangan malas membaca. Every info is up there.

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    • Haidi on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks Anthony for the latest update of the specs.

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  • Haidi on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Sad that they make the Hybrid out from the base-model instead of the V.

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    • paparadzi on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Honda Malaysia still doesn’t get the demographics for hybrid buyers. They still think hybrid buyers want the cheapest. Personally, I think the hybrid buyers want the best money can buy within the range.

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  • Carbuyer on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    110k , HRV FL or X70 2WD.

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  • Akira on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Inkambing X70 comments. 3..2..1..

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  • anonymous on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    first of all, i thank to Tun M’s supporters for voting him back as we can see that car prices are increasing drastically.

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  • PhatJho on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    meh…too slow..i had placed my booking to Proton X70.

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  • guan yin ma on Jan 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Too bad la honda. The 100k suv segment already dominate by proton.

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    • newme on Jan 14, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Fuyoh … look whos talking here ..using the word “dominate” now….

      Selling 50K units a year shouldn’t use the word dominate.

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      Hehehe … Just as planned

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  • When Honda finally decides to release the facelifted range, it is obvious the Grade V is the one to go for because of all black interior with cheaper and more economical 17inch tyres. Then all the other bits to make it look like RS can be done at accessory shops. Too bad no Apple Carplay/Android Auto, but even that can be done outside.

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  • Honda suck on Jan 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Over priced Piece of junk, now update and facelift want to cover its Piece of Junk image. Proton X70 is so much better than this Over Priced Milo tin.

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  • Low Spec Honda on Jan 14, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Honda Malaysia, where are the “Should Be” standard over the range Honda Sensing safety system? Honda Malaysia still treat us Malaysian consumers like crap. At RM100k without fully loaded safety system? Go sell these crap HRV kosong spec to 4th world country.

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  • Low Low spec Honda product on Jan 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Honda Malaysia just never learn, still think to cheat Malaysian consumers. Where is the AEB? Honda Sensing?

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  • HR-V better than problematic C-HR

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Malaysian mindset…

    Ada H , Ada RV

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    • hunda no RV on Jan 14, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      Honda will become the next Hyundai in RV. yeah both also north eastern Asia “H”

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  • I like the idea of hybrid version but not about lack of spare tyre, sometime repair kit is not enough especially with our several road conditions. Some design put battery under rear seats rather than boot floor so spare tyre still available and also doesn’t take some boot space.

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  • Peminat Proton on Jan 14, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Sejak 1999 saya guna proton. Iswara,Wira, Saga BLM, dan Perdana Accord. Ini kali pertama Proton dipuji2 hanya kerana kemunculan X70. Saya masih merasakan HRV ini kenderaan yg berkualiti kerana permintaan dan jumlah jualan yg tinggi. X70 kita kena tengok 2 atau 3 tahun lagi untuk kita tengok tahap reliabilitinya.

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  • Kemah lagi on Jan 14, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Aruz beli ke ada yang lagi praktikal?

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  • like suv on Jan 15, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I have to agree that the hybrid is specced too low. NO AEB, NO honda sensing, NO power seat, NO spare tire, NO … X70 is better specced for that price range. If Proton after sale is improve and comparable to other (2-3 hour for normal service), I’ll be proud to own X70.

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