The arrival of the Honda HR-V facelift in Malaysia sees a brand new variant being introduced to the market, and that is the HR-V Hybrid. At RM120,800, the Hybrid costs a mere RM4,000 less than the top RS. But just what do you get for the money?
To start, there’s a new 1.5 litre direct injection four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 156 Nm at 4,600 rpm. This is mated to a 22 kW/160 Nm electric motor (with a Blue Energy lithium-ion battery supplying power), and together they produce a total system output of 152 P and 190 Nm. On paper, this figure exceeds what the 1.8 litre SOHC engine makes, and is close to that of a 2.0 litre NA engine.
Much like the City and Jazz Sport Hybrid i-DCD, the HR-V gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that channels drive to the front wheels. Unfortunately, the Hybrid skips out on Honda’s Variable Gear Ratio steering system, which is available exclusively for the HR-V RS.
Just so you know, Malaysia is the only other market outside of Japan to get the HR-V Hybrid. Find out what we think of the electrified crossover in the video above. As usual, leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Enjoy!