The all-new 2022 Honda HR-V has just been launched. Honda’s contender in the crossover segment features a new look both inside and out, as well as numerous other features. One of the key updates is in the engine options, the entry-level variant gets the same 1.5-liter engine found in the City model, while the top-of-the-line variant has the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
Focusing on the engine upgrades, we couldn’t help but notice that Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) opted not to bring in the Hybrid version locally. Interestingly though, after the question was raised during the press conference portion of the launch, executives from HCPI quickly pointed out that the Hybrid version will be brought in at some point in the future.
What can we expect from the Honda HR-V Hybrid variant? In markets that already have it, the powertrain is a 1.5-liter unit that’s paired with two electric motors for a combined output of 131hp and 253Nm of torque and paired to a continuously variable transmission. Of course, it all still depends on the actual specs that the PHDM spec will come out with.
Another noteworthy question asked during the press conference was why they chose not to launch an RS variant of the HR-V. Usually, the RS badge refers to the top-of-the-line spec locally and is featured on models like the Civic, City, and Brio. While they didn’t answer why, they did confirm that at some point, an RS version will make its way to our shores as well.
Could the RS badge be reserved for the incoming Hyrbid variant? Possibly, but again we’ll have to wait and see.
Bringing in the Honda HR-V Hybrid will be a smart move by the manufacturer, given that one of the problems our country’s facing is the continuous rise in fuel prices. The more choices, the merrier, indeed. Right?