FR-V models get a new dark chrome
finish to the grille.
6 October 2006.
New for 2007, the Honda FR-V
compact MPV (compact minivan, monospace) gets a
facelift with technical enhancements and new options.
From early 2007, Honda’s FR-V
will be available with the 140PS 1.8-litre i-VTEC
engine which was launched in the 5-door Civic earlier
this year. It replaces both the 1.7 and 2.0-litre
petrol engines that were previously available.
The 1.8-litre engine offers the
latest VTEC technology that reduces pumping losses by
delaying intake valve closure and holding the throttle
valve wide open during low-load driving conditions.
2007 FR-V will be available with the
140PS 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine.
This puts the new i-VTEC
engine in the 1.8-litre league in terms of fuel
consumption, while its 140PS output (77.7PS per
1000cc) brings it closer to the performance of a
2.0-litre powered car developing a very correct
specific output of 75hp per 1000cc.
On the diesel side, the 2.2-litre
i-CTDi engine now has a particulate filter available
as an option.
Externally, 2007 FR-V models get a
new dark chrome finish to the grille, while the
headlights, door handles, rear combination light and
lower licence plate trim have also been tweaked.
Inside, the wood has gone – the
fascia panel now sports an improved metal with
carbon-like finish. The seats and doors, meanwhile,
have a new greyish-blue soft touch fabric (grey
leather seats together with beige soft touch fabric
continue on EX grade models). An additional boot light
provides added convenience.
fascia panel now sports an improved
metal with carbon-like finish.
The new FR-V is now even more
versatile thanks to a number of improvements. The
front middle seat tray, revealed by flipping forward
the front half of the seat squab, now features two
compartments and cup holders with lids. And the front
seat headrests and back seat armrests have both been
When the three rear seats fold
individually, flat into the floor, maximum space is
achieved without having to remove and then store bulky
seats. They can also be folded one-handed, by reaching
in from the boot and unfastening a single latch.
To add to the space combinations,
the back of the central front seat also folds down to
allow extra-long items to be carried, or to form a
The FR-V is now also provided with
an auxiliary jack for an iPod or similar audio storage