The Honda CR-V helped to create the modern SUV segment in the mid-1990s, starting a trend that continuously enlarged the segment to this day. Along the way, a new generation of SUVs have appeared with more car-like styling as well – while still retaining the aspects of SUVs that people like. This gave rise to terms like ‘crossover’ and the association more with the ‘urban jungle’ than the natural jungle.
Honda took note of this trend and developed the HR-V (also known as the Vezel in Japan and some markets) to meet new tastes. This had a fresh, sleek design and Honda described it as having ‘the dynamic qualities of an SUV, the elegance of a coupe and the functionality of a minivan’.
RS variant chosen for Special Edition
Naturally, the HR-V would be included in the exclusive line-up of Special Edition models to celebrate the cumulative sales of 1 million vehicles since Honda Malaysia was established. A single unit of the HR-V RS variant was given the Special Edition treatment which consists of a dual-tone finish with a white body and black roof. At the front, the black grille has a red highlight line running across the lower section and there are also similar red lines on each door mirror. The alloy wheels, finished in black, also have the red highlights and of course, there are exclusive emblems on either side of the bodywork.
Inside the spacious cabin of the HR-V are exclusive features like the ‘1 Million Dreams’ wording embossed on the leather front seats, while the leather-wrapped steering wheel has red stitching and a centre mark to indicate to the driver where the front wheels are pointed. A small ‘1 Million Dreams’ plaque is also affixed to the dashboard to identify this very exclusive model.
The HR-V RS variant used for the ‘1 Million Dreams’ Special Edition is powered by a 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with an output of 142 ps/172 Nm, delivered to the front wheels via a CVT. As the top variant in the HR-V range, the alloy wheels are 18 inches in diameter and fitted with 225/50 tyres.
Like the top variants of the other Honda models, the HR-V Special Edition has many premium features – cruise control, keyless entry and pushbutton engine start/stop, paddle shifters, power adjustment for the driver’s seat, electric parking brake and automatic air-conditioning system.
The rear half of the cabin has a multi-utility space with three modes to suit different purposes. The layout can be configured for carrying tall items (like the ULTRA Seat in the Jazz), long items or large items. And if it’s just people in the back seat, the amount of space available for legroom is class-leading.
Up to 6 airbags are installed at the front and sides of the cabin, ready to deploy and providing cushioning during a severe impact. The airbags supplement the G-CON structure which absorbs impact energy before it can reach the occupants to cause injuries. Honda LaneWatch, a system for monitoring the blind zone on the left side of the car using a camera, is also provided.
Only one person gets to own the HR-V Special Edition but you can also own a HR-V, and you have a choice of three variants with 1.8-litre engines as well as the HR-V Hybrid, with prices starting from RM104,000 (excluding insurance).
Additionally, as part of the ‘1 Million Dreams’ campaign, there is the Shopee Coins Giveaway for those who participate in any of the ‘1 Million Dreams’ activities on honda.com.my or at an authorised Honda dealer! Up to 1,000,000 Shopee Coins are being given out to 150 weekly winners.
Visit any authorised Honda dealership nationwide to participate. Locations of dealerships can be found at www.honda.com.my.
The lucky winners will be announced at a Grand Finale scheduled to be held by the end of this month at Stadium Bukit Jalil on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The Grand Finale Fun Fair will be on March 27 and 28 and entrance is free. Do remember that with the pandemic still on, you have to observe the Standard Operating Procedures when at the site and do remember to bring along and use a facemask.