The new HR-V has recently debuted in Pakistan thanks to Honda Atlas. This is the second crossover that the firm has offered in our nation; the first, which debuted in January 2016, was quickly withdrawn owing to subpar sales.
Let's look back at the history of the Honda HR-V now that the most recent model has reached Pakistan. Honda produces the B-segment-targeted subcompact crossover throughout the course of three generations. The first generation HR-V was released in 1998, which is when the nameplate was first used. The acronym "HR-V" stands for "Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle," according to Honda.
The J-WJ concept, one of four in Honda's J-Mover Series presented at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show and the 1998 Geneva Motor Show, served as the predecessor of the Honda HR-V. The first generation HR-V, which was based on the Honda logo, was offered in Europe, Japan, and a few Asia-Pacific regions between 1999 and 2006. It was offered in both 3-door and 5-door variations.
The 1.6L engines used in the Honda HR-first V's generation came in normal and VTEC configurations. Options for transmission were the Multimatic S and a 5-speed manual (CVT). The second generation Honda Crossroad was introduced in 2006, replacing the previous generation Honda HR-V in manufacturing.
Honda resurrected the moniker for the second-generation HR-V in 2013 following a sabbatical between 2006 and 2013. The 2013 North American International Auto Show saw the debut of the Urban SUV concept, which served as a preview for the second-generation HR-V and was based on the third-generation Honda Fit.
The second-generation HR-production V's started in late 2013 for the Japanese domestic market (JDM), which is marketed as the Honda Vezel. For sales in other areas, the car kept the HR-V moniker. The second-generation HR-V was manufactured all over the world at Honda facilities, including those in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Nigeria. The first-generation HR-V was solely made in Japan.
Numerous 1.5L engines, both turbocharged and normally aspirated, were offered for the 2nd generation HR-V. In some areas, 1.8L gasoline and 1.6L turbodiesel were also available. Additionally, a hybrid model featuring Honda's i-DCD technology was offered in JDM and a select few international regions. The hybrid versions came with a 7-speed DCT gearbox, while the transmission options included a 5-speed manual and a CVT.
When the 2nd generation HR-V first debuted in Pakistan in January 2016, it did not do well since it lacked several features, was overpriced and struggled to compete with the JDM Vezel, which was already on the market thanks to used imports. In addition to being better made, having more features and equipment, and being of higher quality, the JDM Vezel was also more affordable than the brand-new HR-V offered by Honda Atlas.
The Vezel caught the attention of auto buyers in Pakistan despite being introduced as a "old car" in our market. This was in contrast to the locally available HR-V, which was not well received. By 2018, there was essentially no one willing to purchase the HR-V, which had a sticker price of PKR 42.44. As a result, Honda Atlas was forced to cancel the crossover.
Two distinct versions of the third-generation HR-V are available for various markets. The worldwide model (with the model code "RV") was initially released in February 2021 and has since been manufactured in Brazil, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Thailand, several European countries, and even Pakistan. In order to "address the particular demands of U.S. customers," Honda released a new, bigger vehicle for the North American market with the model code "RZ." This model is offered in a few international countries as the Honda ZR-V.
Despite being in its third generation, the crossover is still marketed in Japan as the second-generation Honda Vezel. The new HR-V continues to be offered with a variety of engines, including normally aspirated, turbocharged, and hybrid powertrain options. Additionally, a battery-electric version of the HR-V will be provided for the first time in the Chinese market. These electric versions will be produced for the Chinese domestic market by Dongfeng-Honda and Guangqi-Honda, respectively, under the badges e: NS1 and e: NP1.
The new HR-V is available in Pakistan in its worldwide RV iteration. It appears very different from its predecessor in terms of appearance. With a slanted rear hatch, the style is heavily inspired by coupes. It's interesting to note that the front lacks Honda's recognizable solid wing face. The minimalist motif is continued inside with a straightforward dashboard design akin to that of the 11th-generation Honda Civic car.
The 1.5L naturally aspirated engine that powers the third-generation HR-V in Pakistan produces 121 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque and is mated to a CVT transmission. The top-of-the-line RS model has also been skipped over when it comes to introduction in our nation, and neither a turbocharged nor a hybrid version is available here. We'll have to wait and watch how the new third-generation HR-V does in this market since the last model was a marketing catastrophe for Honda Atlas. The vehicle's base variation costs PKR 59.99 lakh, while the up-specified S version costs PKR 61.99 lac.