Honda SA launches revised HR-V crossover version
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’.
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.
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.
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.