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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Philippine Market 2022 Honda HR-V To Go Exclusively Turbo?


Honda may be copying its 11th generation Civic playbook for its coming 2022 HR-V by making it available exclusively with turbo power.

To recap, the all-new Civic debuted in Thailand last August powered exclusively by a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to a CVT gearbox. In this setup, it makes 178 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque.

While Honda Cars Philippines is reportedly busy making preparations for the Civic’s launch in the third week of November, the all-new HR-V meanwhile was spotted being tested in Thailand where it will be assembled for the ASEAN region.


Although camouflaged, it’s very easy to make out the HR-V’s distinctive new design. Although it keeps its trademark elements such as the hidden rear door handles and coupe-like roofline, the all-new model takes on a theme based on horizontal lines.

Interestingly, there seems to be two unique aesthetic treatments. One is close to the Vezel, the HR-V’s JDM name. This is the one with the body-colored grille with thin horizontal slats. Meanwhile, the other with its mesh-type grille may be a possible RS variant. It also sports unique rear bumpers and wheels too.

Now comes the interesting part: the powertrain.


A leak points out that two powertrains will be made available across the ASEAN market. The first is a normally-aspirated 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine shared with the all-new City and BR-V. In this setup it makes 121 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The second is a turbocharged version of the same L15C engine. Although Honda has yet to reveal official power figures, the safe bet is that it’ll make the same 178 horsepower, 240 Nm of torque outputs as the all-new Civic.

This isn’t the first time Honda turbocharged the HR-V, as they’ve offered it for the European market for the current-generation model.

Given the HR-V’s price and product positioning in the Philippines, it’s a safe assumption that Honda Cars Philippines will not carry the non-turbo 1.5-liter engine. Not only will it potentially cannibalize sales between the all-new BR-V and Honda’s upcoming new small SUV, but it surely won’t fit in with the requirement of horsepower-crazy Filipinos. The likely powertrain will be the turbocharged 1.5-liter.

As for variants, on a regional level, Honda will be offering a total of five grades for the HR-V—three for the non-turbo and two for the turbo. For the Philippines, expect the HR-V to arrive in just two variants—one being the RS, and the other the “non-RS” variant.

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