Honda Cars PH Will Eventually Bring The HR-V e:HEV Hybrid Soon
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Honda Cars PH Will Eventually Bring The HR-V e:HEV Hybrid Soon

The Honda HR-V e:HEV hybrid is sold in other regions, but not in the Philippines. The good news is we'll eventually be getting it.

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has just launched the all-new, third-generation HR-V today. With over 7,000 units sold in the Philippines since its predecessor’s launch in 2015, the HR-V is an important product for the Japanese automaker. However, while our market gets the 1.5-liter non-turbo and turbo engines, we are actually missing out on the HR-V e:HEV hybrid model that Thailand, Japan, and Europe are getting.

With this in mind, we asked whether HCPI plans on bringing the HR-V e:HEV to our market. According to Atty. Louie Soriano, General Manager of Sales Division, HCPI, in line with Honda’s goal of an accident- and emissions-free society, the HR-V e:HEV will eventually be sold in the Philippines. Unfortunately, there is still no final timeline on when the electrified HR-V will make it to the Philippines.

The Honda HR-V’s chief rival, the Toyota Corolla Cross, comes with a hybrid variant, and with HCPI offering an HR-V e:HEV to our market, it will have a better chance of being able to compete with Toyota’s electrified subcompact crossover.

As a reminder, the Honda HR-V e:HEV comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine that’s mated to an electric motor. Its total system output is 131 hp and 253 Nm of torque. This is mated not to a CVT, but a unique fixed-gear transmission.

Honda also offers other e:HEV hybrid models in various other markets. This includes the City e:HEV, which is for now limited to Thailand and Malaysia, while Honda has just unveiled a Civic e:HEV hybrid that will also be sold in the ASEAN region in sedan guise. There’s also a Jazz e:HEV, but we know the story regarding the Jazz nameplate, as this has been replaced by the City Hatchback in our region.

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