Honda SA launches re­vised HR-V cross­over ver­sion

Eyethu Baywatch - - MOTORING • EZEZIMOTO -

HONDA has just re­leased an up­dated ver­sion of its HR-V cross­over.

The brand says it has un­der­gone a ‘sig­nif­i­cant up­grade pro­gramme’ and that it now fea­tures ‘all-new front and rear styling, an en­hanced in­te­rior and up­graded equip­ment lev­els, while re­tain­ing the core at­tributes of its pre­de­ces­sor’.

Re­designed nose

Honda has given the HR-V its new global sig­na­ture nose which in­cor­po­rates an all­new front bumper, a re­shaped bon­net and re­designed head­lights.

There are also re­cessed aper­tures for LED fog lamps now stan­dard on the 1.8 El­e­gance model.

The new head­lights fea­ture LED day­time run­ning lights on the El­e­gance ver­sion, while the Com­fort de­riv­a­tive head­lights em­ploy halo­gen units.

At the rear, the tail light clus­ters gain a smoked ap­pear­ance, while the li­cence plate gar­nish has also been re­designed.

Two new ex­te­rior colours are now avail­able in the form of Pas­sion Red and Bril­liant Sporty Blue.

In­side

Honda says model-spe­cific up­grades have been made to the up­hol­stery, fab­ric and fin­ishes.

Stan­dard across the board are elec­tri­cally op­er­ated win­dows and mirrors, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, air con­di­tion­ing, cruise con­trol, a mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel and a multi-in­for­ma­tion trip com­puter.

As part of the up­grade pack­age, Honda has stan­dard­ised the touch­screen-based in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which means that both Com­fort and El­e­gance mod­els now fea­ture a 6.8-inch touch­screen dis­play.

The sys­tem has USB and HDMI ports and sup­ports screen mir­ror­ing for a con­nected de­vice.

Nav­i­ga­tion and cer­tain apps can be used through this.

Power

The lo­cal range com­prise two de­riv­a­tives, the 1.5 Com­fort and the 1.8 El­e­gance.

The two nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol en­gines are un­changed, which means the former’s 1.5-litre four-cylin­der still makes 88kW and 145Nm, while the lat­ter’s 1.8-litre makes 105kW and 172Nm.

In both cases shift­ing gears hap­pens via a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion, which Honda says has been ‘fur­ther im­proved’.

The Ja­panese auto maker has con­firmed that the HR-V will at a later stage also be of­fered with a 1.5-litre tur­bocharged i-VTEC engine in Europe, but it’s not yet clear whether this engine will make it to lo­cal shores.

Safety and pric­ing

The HR-V of­fers ABS with EBD, Emer­gency Brake As­sist (EBA) and Emer­gency Stop Sig­nal (ESS) ac­ti­va­tion.

Sta­bil­ity con­trol is stan­dard, as is Hill Start As­sist and a high-mounted, third brake light.

Isofix child seat an­chors are also in­cluded.

The 1.5 Com­fort CVT sells for R354 900, while the 1.8 El­e­gance CVT goes for R419 900.

The prices in­clude a fiveyear/200 000km war­ranty and a four-year/60 000km ser­vice plan.

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