New Honda HR-V launched in Mzansi

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Honda Motor has launched the new HR-V compact SUV  in Mzansi as a compact SUV that appeals through desirability, functionality and usability.

The latest generation HR-V has been completely reimagined from the ground up with a contemporary coupe-SUV body that gives it a sleek and dynamic design while delivering space efficiency. It embodies Honda’s new simple, clean, modern design philosophy already seen in recent new models such as the FIT. The new HR-V further amplifies the brand’s reputation for quality, functionality and practicality.

The new Coupe-SUV design is further complemented with two brand new, sporty wheel designs available on the range. The Comfort model features 17” black/silver diamond-cut alloy wheels which nicely complements the gloss black cladding and gloss black grille. The Executive model takes it one step further with new larger 18” alloy wheels painted in gunmetal black, to truly distinguish the model as the flagship of the HR-V range.

The spacious interior has a solid, premium SUV feel, with contemporary fabrics and soft-touch materials. The modern, minimalist aesthetic is created by the horizontal sweep of the instrument panel and clean lines and surfaces throughout. The cabin environment is further elevated by a new air diffusion system that creates a curtain of fresh air beside and above passengers, flowing from unique L-shaped vents positioned in the top corners of the dashboard. Although the overall vehicle dimensions are similar to those of the previous model, the new HR-V offers greater leg and shoulder room. Rear leg room has increased by 35mm and there is an additional two-degree recline compared to the previous generation HR-V. This is due to Honda’s revised centre tank layout and clever packaging of powertrain components. The well-known centre-tank configuration also allows Honda to retain the exceptionally versatile rear Magic Seat set-up, that offers both fold-flat or flip-up seat flexibility, depending on load space required.

A host of brand-new features are also now available on the new HR-V, elevating the driver experience with unrivalled levels of comfort and utility. Important SUV attributes such as loading convenience is enhanced by a hands-free Power Tailgate with Walk Away Close function*. The smart key proximity function detects when the key is moving away from the car, to automatically start closing the tailgate.

The new HR-V is equipped with Honda’s 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine generating a power output of 89kW @6600rpm and torque of 145Nm @ 4300rpm. This new 1.5-litre powertrain is powerful and efficient with a fuel consumption figure of just 6L/100Km and a CO2 emission figure of 144 g/Km.

Assured stopping power is delivered by a powerful braking system featuring 293mm ventilated front discs and 282mm solid discs at the rear. Furthermore, electronic brake systems include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Brake Assist System (BAS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Automatic Brake Hold (ABH).

Hill Descent Control, available for the first time in South Africa on the HR-V, operates from a minimum speed of just 3 km/h. This technology enables greater and smoother control on low-grip surfaces and steep descents to increase driving confidence in a wider range of conditions.

The all-new HR-V features a suite of premium active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving easier and safer. Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Auto High Beam and Collision Mitigation Braking System are part of the safety suite available on the HR-V models l0cally.


The all-new HR-V range will launch with two models available in exclusively with 1.5L Petrol CVT:

  • Entry level Comfort priced at R 469,000
  • Flagship Executive model priced at R 554,500

The colour line-up for the new HR-V range includes a host of colours such as Opal White (Pearl), Coffee Cherry Red (Metallic), Meteoroid Grey (Metallic), and Brilliant Sporty Blue (Metallic). All models come standard with a 5-year / 200,000km Warranty, and a 4-year / 60,000km service plan. Also included on all models is 3-year AA roadside assistance for additional peace of mind.

The new Honda HR-V will go on sale locally early in June this year.