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 There’s also a Jazz e:HEV, but we know the story regarding the Jazz nameplate, as this has been replaced by the City Hatchback in our region.