Oman Marketing and Services Co., the official importer of the Honda brand in the Sultanate, launched the all-new Honda HR-V in Oman.
The new Honda HR-V marks the return of the iconic nameplate to the region, this time as a five-door crossover, that is sized to attract new customers to the brand. Smaller the current Honda CR-V, yet exhibiting a close resemblance in size to the earliest generations of the midsize SUV, the new Honda HR-V will be sold as a front-wheel drive only crossover.
In keeping with current trends, the grille and headlights are emphasized, while the taillights get integrated LED bars that improve visibility and add to the car’s appeal.
The interiors are marked by a new dashboard layout that largely uses the single central display as the focal point of a flying wing asymmetric approach. The feel of the interiors is of a classy cabin, with front, side and curtain airbags and a large sunroof in the higher grade.
The Honda HR-V is powered by a reliable 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that offers performance figures of 140hp@6,500rpm and a torque of 172Nm@4,300rpm. This unit is mated to a new generation of Honda’s CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) that is programmed to mimic a high-end automatic gearbox. The CVT offers paddle shift control that allows for manual override of the Drive mode, with a Sports mode available as well. In sport mode, use of the paddle shift puts the CVT in a de facto manual mode. In all cases the CVT follows a stepped rpm range over its 7 shift points.
Depending on the grade, the car gets rear-view camera, tyre pressure monitoring and hill-start assist.
The all-new Honda HR-V is available in three grades, namely DX, LX and EX in six exterior colours and one interior combination beige and black.