Newly redesigned HR-V tackles segment rivals

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History was made last week inside the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos following the launch of the all-new Honda HR-V completely redesigned to tackle the status quo in its segment

The all new HR-V marks the presence of an entry level SUV from the Honda Range which combines luxury with affordability. Customer can experience the power of three SUVs made up of the Honda Pilot 3.5litre, CR-V 2.4Litre and now the HR-V 1.8Litre.

The Hi-Rider Revolutionary-Vehicle (HR-V) 5 seater is proudly assembled in Nigeria with keen adherence to the Honda global production standards during the assembly process.

It has been positioned as a fun and sporty SUV which has been designed to change the industry norm and the automakers say, they want Nigerians to experience joy of an SUV that should be for everyone.

In terms of exterior styling, the All New HR-V receives exterior styling that expands its appeal to the millennials. The grille is enhanced by a new interpretation of the “flying wing” rendered in dark chrome and extending over the new projector-style headlights.

Under the chrome band the grille opening has been restyled to emphasize a wide look, and the fog light housings have been enlarged to give HR-V a more aggressive stance. Also in the front is a sporty front bumper that gives an elegant yet rugged look combined with LED headlights and fog lights.

In the rear, taillights with Integrated LED Light Bars give the HR-V a distinctive, sporty look. New to the SUV-B segment is the panoramic sunroof, in the leather grade, making the HR-V deliver the feel of a larger sporty SUV ready for the next adventure.  The new vehicle is flanked by 16” alloy wheels for the Fabric grade and 17” alloy wheels for the leather grade.

It boasts of a youthful vibe with unique styling touches, that is further enhanced with intuitively designed HR-V cockpit ensures that everything is where you need it. The elegant dashboard includes the very latest technology, it’s incredibly easy to understand and use.

Black aesthetic combination (fabric & leather grade) gives the interior of the HR-V a premium comfort feel beyond its class. The interior of the HR-V competes in a more advantageous position when compared with vehicle above its segment.

Designed to adapt to customers lifestyle, the HR-V gives one a clever, comfortable and spacious interior. A centrally-mounted fuel tank provides the HR-V with a huge boot and the novel second – row magic seat are further evidence of smart thinking and, is designed to configure in lots of useful ways to increase its carrying capacity.

The HR-V, has the feature of the 60:40 split rear seat. These ingenious 60:40 split seats can dive down to the floor, making a large space truly vast, or tip up to allow for sideways loading of awkward objects like a bicycle. With the new stay-spring mechanism for the hatch, it’s now easier than ever to access HR-V’s cargo space of 1456 liters. HR-V also offers up to 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space with abundant rear seat head and legroom.

The chassis incorporates a centrally mounted fuel tank, which provides perfect weight ratio and concentrates the mass in the center. This in conjunction with the amplitude reactive dampers give the HR-V excellent driving dynamics and minimizing body roll.

Safety-wise, the 2019 HR-V also benefits from a standard list of active and passive safety features. This includes Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, driver and passenger front airbags standard on both grades, side airbags and side curtain airbags on the leather Grade only, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. The leather Grade also features a multi-angle rearview camera with wide view feature.

        

MIKE OCHONMA

Transport Editor

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