2022 Honda HR-V RS Turbo could be offered in the Philippine market 

Updated Apr 20, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Honda PH is reportedly studying that option carefully. 

Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) has launched the third-generation HR-V for Filipino customers, offering the subcompact crossover in two trim levels. For those who find the range a bit wanting, a flagship RS Turbo variant might be just the ticket. 

2022 Honda HR-V V Turbo
The V Turbo is the top Honda HR-V variant for now 

The possibility was broached by HCPI General Manager Atty. Louie Soriano at the launch event for the HR-V. He was reacting to an observation made by Philkotse about the higher-spec HR-V V Turbo trim bearing a strong resemblance to the HR-V RS Turbo variant that is currently available in Indonesia. 

“There is a feasibility study now, so we might be introducing the RS in the future,” he said. “It all depends, we have to see also the market for this one, whether it’s going to be accepted or not.” 

Atty. Soriano adds that the main consideration HCPI is looking at involves cost-efficiency, especially with the HR-V V Turbo’s sticker price of Php 1,598,000. This is already within striking distance of the Php 1,678,000 that the bigger CR-V compact crossover is asking for the base S gasoline variant

Honda HR-V RS Turbo

The Honda HR-V RS Turbo in Indonesia offers extra features

If and when the HR-V RS Turbo arrives here, expect the price gap to be even smaller, which explains why HCPI is still studying the matter. In the Indonesian market, the HR-V RS comes with all the features of the Philippine-spec V Turbo, with some notable extras. 

There’s the exterior RS aero body kit for one thing, as well as a hands-free power tailgate with walk-away close. The RS Turbo also offers a panoramic glass roof, along with a remote engine start feature. For safety, six airbags are standard, in addition to Honda LaneWatch which uses cameras mounted on the exterior mirrors to monitor blind spots.     

2022 Honda BR-V

Mum's the word for HCPI regarding the second-generation BR-V

Another burning question is whether the second-generation BR-V 7-seat subcompact crossover will be making its way to our shores. HCPI remains tight-lipped on the matter, but we have a hunch that the automaker will have some positive news regarding this model within the year.     

Learn more about potential variants of your favorite models at Philkotse.com.

Know more about Honda HR-V 2023

Honda HR-V

The 2023 Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover. In the Philippine market, it has two variants. The top-spec RS Turbo CVT is priced at Php 1,739,000. The mid-spec trim meanwhile, is the HR-V V Turbo CVT and it is priced at Php 1,649,000. The entry-level HR-V S CVT meanwhile is priced at Php 1,389,000.

For engines, the HR-V V Turbo and the RS Turbo uses a 1.5-liter engine capable of making 174 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. The HR-V S also uses a 1.5-liter mill, but it is naturally aspirated. In turn, its output is rated at 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. All three trims use a continuously variable transmission sending power to its front wheels. 

Size-wise, the HR-V V and RS are 4,385mm long, while the HR-V S is 4,330mm long. All three come with a width of 1,790mm, and a height of 1,590mm. Both also have a wheelbase length of 2,610mm. The top-spec V gets a ground clearance of 181mm, whereas the HR-V S has more at 196mm. 

Locally, the HR-V competes against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, Subaru XV, Toyota Corolla Cross, Ford Territory, among others.  

₱ 1,389,000 - ₱ 1,739,000

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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