Honda Malaysia has officially launched the Honda HR-V facelift, and the refreshed SUV – which was first previewed here in July last year – goes on sale here in four variant forms.

Three are petrol units, the range starting with the base Grade E, followed by a Grade V, and topping out with the RS. The fourth variant is the HR-V Hybrid, with Malaysia being the only country besides Japan to retail the model.

As previously reported, the mid-cycle rework introduces a number of exterior revisions, and changes include a new 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.

The RS adds on a sportier outlook with darkened contrast elements such as dark chrome door handles, black chrome license garnish and gloss black side sills and black fog lamp garnish. It’s also slightly longer and wider than the standard variants and rides on 18-inch two-tone five-spoke wheels and 225/50 series tyres (the E, V and Hybrid ride on 17-inch alloys, wrapped with 215/55 tyres).

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.

No change to engine and transmission on the petrol versions, 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 CVT continuing to hold court. The only mechanical addition of note is a new Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system, which is specific to the RS variant.

As for the HR-V hybrid, it’s equipped with the automaker’s 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, with a Blue Energy lithium-ion traction battery supplying power, the combo paired 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 total output of 152 PS and 190 Nm, slightly higher than the petrol-only HR-V.

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.

The Grade E and Hybrid feature halogen headlights (with manual levelling) and bulbed front fog lamps, and inside, a split-leather three-spoke steering wheel and black half-leather upholstery, along with a 6.8-inch audio system display screen.

The V and RS adds on 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). They also get a full leather steering wheel and full leather upholstery, finished in black in the case of the V and ivory in the RS, which also has dark grey contrast trim. Both variants also come with a 7.0-inch audio display screen and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

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 V and RS get a Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera.

As for colours, five shades are available for the HR-V 1.8L E and V – these are a new Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Ruse Black Metallic. The RS gets three colours – Passion Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic.

The hybrid HR-V will also be available in three colours, but there’s no red in the mix, the choices being Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic.

The HR-V facelift variants are priced as follows:

  • HR-V 1.8L E – RM108,800
  • HR-V 1.8L V – RM118,800
  • HR-V 1.8L RS – RM124,800
  • HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD – RM120,800

All prices are on-the-road without insurance, and opting for the White Orchid Pearl adds on RM300 to the final price. Honda Malaysia continues to offer an eight-year warranty – with unlimited mileage – for the Hybrid battery.

Three accessories packages are also available for the HR-V facelift, and these are a Modulo Package (RM5,737), Urban Package (RM1,716) and Utility Package (RM902).

Here’s the complete list of specifications and equipment for the HR-V variants:

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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