All-new Honda HRV to be released in February Having made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show recently, the Honda HR-V or Hip & Smart Runabout Vehicle is bound to hit domestic shores in February. A spin-off of Honda’s CR-V, the HR-V is a compact SUV that is paired with a Minivan acronym.

In looks, the Honda HR-V’s front fascia carries a bold face to represent a tough and ready-for-action motif. The front grille is based on Honda’s “Solid Wing Face” concept that accentuates a sleek, dynamic interpretation, along with the light DRLs. At the side, the compact SUV packs together character lines to exude a coupe-like cabin and lowered stance. Meanwhile, the obvious character lines and rear door handles are integrated into side windows, which bring out the car’s two-door coupe impression. And in keeping to its sporty and bold style, the car is fitted with 16-inch wheels.

Honda HRV debuts at 2014 LA Auto Show

Dimensions-wise, the all-new HR-V has a wheelbase of 2,610 milimeters and measures 4,294 mm in length, 1,772 mm in width and 1,605 mm in height.

The HR-V’s interior design, High-deck center console, is made possible for the first time by adopting the Electric Parking Brake, replacing the hand/foot brake. The new design allows drivers to have their own personal space without infringing into the passenger space. Along with the high-deck center console, a new kind of Multi-utility Drink Holder is developed to not only hold drinks but also to store personal items. Other interior highlights include a 7-inch Display Audio, One Touch Turn Signal, Touch Panel Air Conditioning, and illuminated speedometer rings that change color; depending on drive modes.

In order to enhance the all-new HR-V’s amazing cabin space for driver and passengers, the length of the seat bottom was increased creating ample legroom, while the seatback angle was optimized for optimum seating posture. There are plenty of top quality fabric and soft pads all around the inside of the HR-V. Plus, there’s a Multi-utility cargo space that allows three seat configurations: Utility mode, Tall and Long. Boot space opening extends up to 1,180 mm wide, with a ground height of 650 mm; one of the lowest in its class.

Under the hood, the all-new HR-V spots a 1.8L i-VTEC SOHC CVT powerplant. Output, torque, fuel and emissions figures will be revealed during its official unveiling.

Overall protection for the HR-V has been enhanced, thanks to a super high tensile steel frame structure, a lightweight and rigid body, and much improved hot-stamped, NVH materials. Active and Passive safety features onboard the new HR-V include ABS, EBD, BA, VSA, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, ISOFIX and 6 Airbags. New features incorporated just for the HR-V are the Automatic Brake Hold and Electric Parking Brake.

Further details on the all-new HR-V versions, prices and specifications are set to be released during its February introduction. To preview the all-new Honda HR-V, visit Honda Malaysia’s dealerships or roadshows at Mid Valley Megamall from 6 – 11 January; Sunway Carnival, Penang from 9 – 11 January; Avenue KL from 12 – 14 January; Paradigm Mall PJ and KSL Mall, Johor Bahru from 16 – 18 January; and Village Mall, Sungai Petani from 23 – 25 January.