Why Honda Choose to Launch HR-V Turbo instead of Hybrid? – Honda released the All-New Honda HR-V in Indonesia, Wednesday (23/3/2022). But unfortunately, PT Honda Prospect Motor has not brought the e: HEV aka hybrid variant.
Why Honda Choose to Launch HR-V Turbo instead of Hybrid?
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Yusak Billy as Business Innovation and Sales & Marketing Director of PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) said, based on consumer studies, especially regarding price, Indonesia currently still needs internal combustion engine cars.
“For today’s launch, we have not provided a hybrid variant. However, the study we did for the HR-V model at a price that Indonesian consumers want, the car still has to be in the form of an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE),” said Billy.
Thailand became the first country in Asia and Oceania to receive the All-New HR-V e: HEV. For the kitchen runway business, the Honda HR-V e: HEV uses a DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder 16 valve engine. Honda claims this engine has a power of 131 HP and 253 Nm. On paper, with its hybrid system, this car is able to penetrate 25.6 km/liter.
If Thailand had the HR-V e: HEV for the first time in Asia and Oceania, Indonesia would become the global debut of the HR-V 1.5L Turbo RS in the world.
Compared to the engine specifications, Honda provided the Honda HR-V type 1.5 L Turbo RS with an engine that has a capacity of 1.5L VTec Turbo which can spit out 177 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. While the trim below uses the 1.5L i-VTec DOHC with a claimed power of 121 PS at 6,800 rpm and 145 Nm of torque. All variants use a CVT transmission and the company completes Honda Sensing’s active safety features.
In Thailand, Honda sells the HR-V e:HEV starting from THB 979,000 (IDR 417 million) to THB 1,179,000 (IDR 503 million). Meanwhile, Honda HR-V in Indonesia, currently priced from IDR 355.9 million to IDR 499.5 million.
Billy did not rule out the possibility that Indonesia would also get a HR-V hybrid. “We continue to study every potential, engine, what technology is at the forefront. What electrification is suitable in Indonesia. For today we are not launching a hybrid,” he added.