The all-new Honda HR-V has arrived
The new Honda HR-V is a new generation of crossover vehicle redefining space, quality and style.
The HR-V’s design concept was summarised as ‘Dynamic Cross Solid’. The concept was to combine the elegance and fluidity of a coupe with the utility and strength of an SUV.
“Combining a high eye-point and toughness - core values of an SUV - with a new level of emotion was the key,” says Masaki Kobayashi, HR-V styling Project Leader. “So we came up with an exterior concept encapsulated by ’Emotionality and Toughness’ and an interior concept called ’Personal Cockpit and Expansiveness’. We wanted to fuse apparently conflicting values to create something fresh.”
Honda’s Designers have achieved this creating an elegant design that combines bold sculpted lines and engaging driving dynamics with the space, visibility and solid stance of an SUV.
HR-V’s body shape creates a sporty look, complemented by rear door handles ‘hidden’ in the C-pillar. Distinctive, sharply defined lines run the length of the body, giving the HR-V a purposeful, forward-leaning stance and a sense of movement and agility, even at a standstill.
The 4.3-metre long HR-V is designed to appeal across the age spectrum, from young singles, pre-family couples, small families through to relaxed retirees, all who value their lifestyles and are design conscious.
Inside, the new HR-V offers up to five occupants class leading interior space. Occupants will appreciate the headroom, legroom and shoulder room in the front and rear, so generous that they match the dimensions more commonly found in larger vehicles.
The sense of spaciousness and visibility is amplified in the HR-V SPORT models by the unique glass panoramic Sky Roof. With one-touch opening, tilt and slide operation, the 846mm long glass Sky Roof features a sliding sunshade that opens automatically with the roof and can be closed manually to block excessive sunlight. The front section tilts to a height of 27.5mm at its rear and measures 475mm in length.
Powered by a 1.8L i-VTEC Engine coupled with Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology CVT, the HR-V is engineered to deliver an engaging drive, with road stability from a low centre of gravity and fuel efficiency.
When driving the HR-V there is a feeling of confidence from the high eye-line, 100 mm higher than the average sedan or wagon, together with a wide field of vision. The raised floor and correspondingly higher seating position contribute to improved cabin access. Honda’s designers have married expansive visibility and spaciousness with the feel of a sporty, enclosed cockpit.
The foundation of the HR-V’s spacious and versatile interior is Honda’s centre mounted fuel tank layout. This space efficient innovative packaging mounts the low profile fuel tank under the front seats, which frees up the underfloor space beneath the rear seats. This enables the platform to accommodate Honda’s Magic Seat System, a popular feature in the Honda range.
The Magic Seat System allows each of the 60:40 split second-row seats to adopt numerous configurations to maximise the people and load carrying versatility of the cavernous interior. The Magic Seat System can adopt one of three ‘modes’ from the standard seating position.
Utility Mode – the rear seat back folds forward as the seat base itself lowers into the rear passenger foot well, creating a maximum 1,845mm long entirely flat floor.
Tall Mode – the front of the rear seat base rises up and back, and is then locked in a vertical position to leave a cargo height of 1,240mm from floor to ceiling. This allows tall objects or items that need to remain standing to be placed behind the front seats.
Long Mode – the front passenger seat back folds down to a horizontal position, while the rear seat back folds forward, forming a ‘tunnel’ to accommodate items up to 2,445mm long. Long items like surf boards, ladders or timber can be loaded easily.
The cargo bay also offers impressive space, challenging for best-in-class honours with a capacity of 437 litres with the rear seats upright, increasing to a huge 1462 litres to the roof line with the rear seats folded down. The new HR-V’s wide tailgate opening (1180mm) and low loading height (650mm) ensure that the cargo space is easily accessible.
The 1.8L i-VTEC Engine (with Variable Value Timing and Lift Electronic Control) has been combined with a dual stage intake manifold, delayed valve closure and an optimised piston coating to provide benefits in output and efficiency. Strength and weight optimisations have also been made possible with hot forged connections rods & a stainless steel exhaust system.
Class leading aerodynamic performance has been achieved. Beneath the vehicle, three covers (under the engine, front floor and rear floor) help to smooth and optimise air flow, boosting fuel efficiency. They also enhance noise insulation for improved interior refinement. Aerodynamic development work focused on optimising front and rear aerodynamic lift to further improve vehicle stability at speed.
Travelling long distances in the new HR-V will be a comfortable and fatigue free experience for the driver and passengers thanks to Honda Engineers’ determination to provide this model with class leading levels of refinement.
A new, highly efficient acoustic insulation package was developed for the new HR-V, featuring a top quality, non-woven underlay and sound absorbing carpets of a type usually found only in high-grade sedans. The front and rear inner wheel arches have been treated with sound-absorbent material, while the floor carpet, underfloor cover and dashboard acoustic pad inserts all contribute to achieving a refined and relaxing atmosphere throughout the cabin. At a constant speed of 100 km/h, occupants can enjoy a whisper quiet 65 dB of cabin noise.
The expansive, airy cabin is fitted with high quality, soft touch surfaces, subtly accented with brushed chrome highlights and sophisticated stitching lines to provide a premium ambience. The dashboard design combines a solid feel with premium detailing, including a piano black feature panel that emphasises the sense of quality, class and refinement.
Facing the driver, a three dial instrument panel features ‘floating’ illumination rings and Honda’s ECO Assist function, which changes the backlight colour of the speedometer from white to green during fuel efficient driving.
Facing the front seat passenger, the new HR-V’s interior features a new ‘wide flow’ air outlet with three adjustable air vents across the dashboard, resulting in a comfortable airflow for all passengers. The air flow volume settings are optimised to deliver: high volume for the outlet nearest the side window; low volume for the centre outlet; and medium volume for the air outlet closest to the centre panel.
Advanced connectivity and infotainment is provided in the new HR-V with 7 Inch Touch Screen Display Audio. The HR-V is navigation capable using phone navigation technology. Currently it is compatible with iPhone 5 and above, using a Sygic Navigation Software App.
Honda’s new ‘Smart Touch Interior’ continues with the operation of certain functions with the smallest movement and effort. These functions include: Touch Panel Climate Control, Electric Park Brake and One-Touch Indicators.
The newly developed CVT unit delivers impressive fuel economy in conjunction with significant improvements to driveability. The CVT gearbox allows the engine to operate within its most efficient range more of the time by continuously varying the gear ratio instead of adjusting the engine throttle opening. Economy is boosted further by the transmission’s wider ratio range and reduced weight, the result of a rationalised design with reduced pulley pressure. Reductions in friction have been achieved through an optimised oil pump capacity, reduced oil resistance, a low friction reverse brake and reduced friction from the rotational sliding parts.
The new HR-V is one of the global compact series that Honda has developed to deliver a sophisticated, fun, sedan like driving experience, while also engendering a feeling of security. The platform and body of the new HR-V form a highly rigid structure from the use of high strength steel and improved frame joint rigidity.
The feeling of agility is augmented by a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Assisted Steering System with a brushless motor. To minimise understeer, the front suspension features a lower front roll centre to enhance stability and the rear suspension has a raised roll centre. The result is exceptionally linear driving behaviour making new HR-V one of the most confidence inspiring cars in the crossover segment, especially when driven enthusiastically.
The HR-V is fitted with a wide range of active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer, while maximising occupant and pedestrian protection. The new HR-V is designed, engineered and tested in Honda’s Crash Test Facilities to achieve a top scoring five-star safety rating when tested independently.
Every HR-V incorporates Honda's proprietary Next Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology to form the foundation for excellent passive safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection. A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. ACE also helps minimise the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.
The HR-V is equipped with front, side and full-length curtain airbags.
Powerful and stable stopping power is assured with an all disc braking system, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HAS). Front seats feature anti-whiplash head restraints to minimise injury. An Adjustable Speed Limiter system can regulate the maximum speed of the vehicle at a level set by the driver. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
The HR-V SPORT models have the addition of the LaneWatch Camera and City Brake Assist System. The LaneWatch Camera is situated on the left wing mirror and displays the left hand side view of the car on the 7” Screen when the left indicator is on. This extends the driver’s view to 80 degrees reducing the left hand blind spot and making turning left or changing lanes safer.
The City Brake Assist System is designed to help reduce or avoid low speed accidents. The system uses laser radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is designed to operate at speeds below 32 km/h. If the system identifies a risk of collision then pre-braking as well as an audible and a visual warning will occur, eventually followed by full autonomous braking to bring the car to a stop.
The HR-V is available in six models for customers to choose their desired look, feel and specification level. HR-V S, HR-V X, HR-V L and HR-V SPORT, HR-V SPORT X, HR-V SPORT+.
Available in six colours: Morpho Blue, Alabaster Silver, Modern Steel, Ruse Black, White Orchid Pearl and Carnelian Red. The new Ruse Black and Morpho Blue colours are available exclusively for the HR-V.
Packed with the latest driver technology, the HR-V comes standard with Cruise Control, 7” Display Audio Touch Screen, Touch Screen Climate Control, Navigation capable, Multi-Angle Reversing Camera with Dynamic Parking Aid, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free mode, Daytime Running Lights, Electric Parking Brake, Brake Hold Function, Emergency Stop Signal, Hill Start Assist and 16” Alloy Wheels.
The HR-V SPORT models add a Panoramic Sky Roof, Fog Lights, 17” or 18” Alloy Wheels, Roof Rails, Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start/Stop, Leather Seats, front and rear Parking Sensors, LaneWatch Camera, City Brake Assist, and much more.
|HR-V S||$32,900 +ORC|
|HR-V X||$34,200 +ORC|
|HR-V L||$35,900 +ORC|
|HR-V SPORT||$39,900 +ORC|
|HR-V SPORT X||$41,200 +ORC|
|HR-V SPORT +||$43,900 +ORC|