The next-generation 2022 Honda HR-V is arriving in the Philippines soon, more than a year after making its global debut in Japan. How soon? Well, you have less than a month to be precise, and here are the details that the Japanese automaker has confirmed so far.
For starters, the 2022 Honda HR-V will be available in two variants: a base S CVT and a top trim Turbo CVT. While the HR-V was launched in Thailand with the e:HEV hybrid powertrain, this won’t be the case for the Philippine market. Instead, the Philippine-market HR-V will come with a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine from the current City along with a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine from the all-new Civic.
The powertrain choices are actually very interesting because the turbocharged HR-V has not yet been officially unveiled in any country around the world. An HR-V test vehicle with dual exhausts, signifying its VTEC Turbo powertrain, has been spotted in Indonesia in recent months, but a launch is still yet to happen. This means that the Philippines will be the first country to receive the turbocharged HR-V, at least for this all-new model. A turbo HR-V was offered in the previous-generation model, but only for the European market.
On the other hand, the base S CVT will make do with the same 1.5-liter engine from the City, and this is the case in the Japanese-market HR-V as well. This engine produces 120 horsepower, and regardless whether you’re getting the S or the Turbo, a CVT is your only transmission choice.
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has also confirmed that the 2022 HR-V will also come with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance features as standard. Just like the all-new Civic, the all-new HR-V will come with the following features:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW)
- Auto High-Beam (AHB)
- Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN)
These are the only details that HCPI has confirmed so far, and by the looks of it, the HR-V seems to be a winner in terms of specs. Expectedly, the HR-V costs more than your usual Chinese subcompact crossover SUV affair, but Honda is combatting this with its sheer amount of standard features, along with of course the level of polish you expect from a company that has been making cars for decades now.
Prices will range from around P1,300,000 to P1,600,000, according to HCPI, so if you’re in the market for a subcompact crossover SUV, hold on to your checkbooks first, because this car might actually be what you’re looking for. The 2022 Honda HR-V will officially debut on April 19, which is less than a month away from now.