Superstar F1 driver gives you a quick tour of 2022 Honda HR-V 

Updated Oct 05, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Max Verstappen took the HR-V for a spin.

In February, Honda unveiled the all-new 2022 HR-V. It has already debuted in Japan, and it is now sold in a number of countries around the globe. So by now, many of us are familiar with its sharp new looks.  

A picture of the new HR-V

The 2022 Honda HR-V

But to provide an even better look at the new HR-V, Honda has brought in F1 superstar driver Max Verstappen who then took the plug-in hybrid (e:HEV) version of the HR-V for a quick spin. Let’s check it out: 

Max Verstappen drives the new Honda HR-V e:HEV [Video Source: Honda]

As we can see from the video, Verstappen first showcases the HR-V's kick-activated rear door, which can then be closed via a button. We also got a glimpse of the vehicle’s generous cargo space. He then boarded the car, started it, and took it for a spirited drive on countryside roads. 

Judging from the video, the HR-V e:HEV is actually pretty agile. It was stable on corners, and it even handled unpaved roads with ease. Verstappen even parked the Honda-made crossover in the middle of a field. 

With all that said, this short but sweet video shows the capabilities of the electrified HR-V. Its 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline mill that’s paired with an electric motor appears quick and responsive, and its electric continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) can actually handle a bit of hooning as well.  

A picture of the Honda HR-V on a countryside road.

It looks like the new HR-V can take corners pretty well

As a side note, Verstappen is obviously a professional, so don’t attempt what he's doing with your own car, crossover, or what have you. 

To this end, we are pretty excited about the new HR-V, and we can’t wait to take it out for a spin once it arrives on Philippine shores. So while it is yet to be confirmed by Honda Cars Philippines, there’s a good chance that it will be launched locally. 

And yeah, for those among you who don’t know who Max Verstappen is, he is a Belgian-Dutch F1 driver who is currently with the Red Bull Racing team.  

He currently ranks second in the current F1 season with a total of 244.5 points and 11 podium wins. Depending on how he does in the next race, it is possible that he will be crowned champion this year. The only barrier to this, of course, is Mercedes AMG Petronas’ driver Lewis Hamilton who is currently in first place and holds seven drivers’ championships on his resume.  

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Know more about Honda HR-V 2021

Honda HR-V

Compact crossover stalwart Honda introduced the new generation of its HR-V subcompact crossover for the local market. The crossover is configured to suit the comfort of a sedan, confidence, and toughness of an SUV. Its name stands for High Rider Vehicle. It served as an all-around coupe for individuals looking for a vehicle with high ground clearance, excellent road visibility, and complete safety features. It is also equipped with massive cargo space, wide tailgate, and similar Utility Long and Tall (ULT) seats established on the Honda Jazz that enables it to configure the cargo when loading or unloading highly. The new Honda HR-V is developed based on the concept of the brand's "Dynamic Cross Solid," making it acquire SUV-like lower body and strong cues of coupe-like 'aero-cabin' on the outside. At the front, the Honda HR-V comes with a solid wing face design with unified lights and grille, LED dual projector headlights, and LED daytime running lights (DRL). Standard sporty 17-inch alloy wheels are found across the range as well. In addition, the car's 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine that can be found under its hood produces a maximum 141 hp power output and torque power of 172 Nm.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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