First Generation (1968-2006)
The HONDA HR-V was introduced as the second series of HONDA's J-Mover project, which emphasized the development of “joyful” vehicles. The HR-V officially stands for Hi-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle. The HR-V was built on the supermini platform used by the HONDA Logo, while the engine and drive system was built on the HONDA Civic platform, thus making its development an amalgamation of elements from various existing platforms.
The exterior had a front design that appeared grille-less, with quad round headlights installed. The vertical, large-sized tail lamps were another distinctive feature. The body size was made compact, measuring in length, width, and height at 3,995mm, 1,695mm, and 1,590mm respectively, but sufficient spaciousness was secured due to the tailgate that was designed to be nearly perpendicular.
In terms of the interior, two-tone colors were used, eliciting an air of lightness and comfort. For safety features, front seat airbags and ABS were installed on all vehicles as standard equipment.
The 3-door was the only body type made available.
The 1,590cc gasoline engine with 105 horsepower was made available with the FF, and the 1,590cc gasoline engine with 125 horsepower with the 4WD.
Transmission options consisted of the 5-speed manual and CVT, and fuel consumption ranged from 13.6km/L to 14.8km/L, which were good figures based on the standards of the times.
In July 1999, a 5-door model with a wheelbase that was extended by 100mm and improved backseat riding comfort was added to the lineup.
In July 2001, minor changes led to improvements in the interior and exterior. The front bumper's design was changed, employing a honeycomb metal-plated design, and a front spoiler was added for a sportier look. For the interior, a newly designed meter panel, silver meter visors, and a black pearl center panel were installed as standard equipment, further emphasizing a sporty and high-quality feel.
Moreover, the engine variation was expanded, and the FF vehicle carrying a VTEC engine with 125 horsepower was added to the lineup.
In October 2003, the body type was consolidated to the 5-door model. In terms of the equipment, for the JS and JS4 grades carrying a VTEC engine, 16-inch aluminum wheels and front under spoilers were installed as standard equipment.
Furthermore, for the J and J4 grades, full-auto air conditioning and genuine leather steering wheels were installed as standard equipment.
|MODEL||Displacement||Drive System||Fuel||Line-Up Year|
|1998-2006||GF-GH3||1,590||Gasoline||FF||1999 - 2001|
|GF-GH2||1,590||Gasoline||4WD||1998 - 2001|
|GF-GH1||1,590||Gasoline||FF||1998 - 2001|
|GF-GH4||1,590||Gasoline||4WD||1999 - 2001|
|LA-GH2||1,590||Gasoline||4WD||2000 - 2002|
|LA-GH3||1,590||Gasoline||FF||2001 - 2003|
|LA-GH4||1,590||Gasoline||4WD||2001 - 2003|
|ABA-GH3||1,590||Gasoline||FF||2004 - 2006|
|ABA-GH4||1,590||Gasoline||4WD||2004 - 2006|