Honda Automobile launches Nigeria-made HR-V for small SUV market
Honda Automobile Western Africa celebrate the entry of its new HR-V (Hi-Rider Revolutionary-Vehicle). The ceremony was graced by the japanese Ambassador to Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta; and also the Director-General, National Automotive style and Development Council, mister Jelani Aliyu.
The Lead, Sales Marketing, Honda Automobile Western Africa, Remi Adams, presented the features of the new vehicle, which he described as a proudly Nigeria-assembled SUV.
The five-seater HR-V, according to him, is a fun and sporty SUV designed to change the industry norm, especially with its magic seat.
It has an elegant dashboard with the latest technology, which is incredibly easy to understand and use. Its black aesthetic combination (fabric and leather grade) gives the interior a premium comfort feel beyond its class.
The vehicle has a clever, comfortable and spacious interior. A centrally mounted fuel tank provides the HR-V with a huge boot.
Talking about the magic seat, Honda said it was a further evidence of smart thinking and could be moved in many ways to increase the vehicle’s carrying capacity.
The new HR-V comes with enhanced grille. Under the chrome band, the grille opening has been restyled to emphasise a wide look, and the fog-light housings enlarged to give the vehicle a more aggressive stance.
Adams said, “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-Va distinctive sporty look.
“New to the SUV-B segment is the panoramic sunroof, in the leather grade, making the HR-V to deliver the feel of a larger sporty SUV ready for the next adventure.”
The HR-V comes with a 1.8 litre i-VTEC petrol engine which maximises economy and efficiency, with 50-Litre tank capacity. It is a front-wheel drive, with a Continuously Variable providing the ability to drive the car in a relaxed automatic mode.
The 2019 HR-V also benefits from a standard list of safety features such as vehicle stability assist with traction control; driver and passenger front airbags; side airbags and side curtain airbags on the leather grade only; electronic brake distribution, hill start assist and Honda’s next-generation advanced compatibility engineering body structure.
The new vehicle comes with the electric parking brake that provides easy braking especially in a full stop park position. The automatic brake hold is useful during stop-and-go traffic situation in busy cities.
“With a push of the ABH button, the vehicle brake holds even after disengaging the foot brake and the vehicle moves only if when driver accelerates without necessarily disengaging the ABH. This happens throughout the drive until the ABH is disengaged or engine turned off,” Adams explained.
The HR-V leather grade has an automatic climate control to adjust the temperature of the cabin with the touch of a button.
Standard on both grades is the smart entry and push-button start. With just a touch of the door handle, the door opens without the need to bring out the key; same way a push on the button strategically located for easy sighting will ignite the engine either on/off as required.