Debut of Honda’s fifth-generation CR-V for the North American market previews what to expect for Australian-bound models next year.
As of late Honda seems committed to eschewing from conservative shapes, preferring instead to shape their models with more adventurous forms, such as those seen on their new Civic.
Likewise the latest iteration of their family-friendly CR-V SUV certainly has taken on a bold approach with a sharp new fascia that reminds one of a First Order Storm Trooper helmet, and a striking new body that is strangely reminiscent of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. In terms of dimensions, Honda hasn’t released any exact figures, and has only stated that the new model sports a longer wheelbase.
Styling aside, the CR-V comes brimmed with plenty of snazzy features. Its sleek new headlight clusters pack an array of LEDs (on the range-topping variants) which can be paired to Auto High Beam with High Beam Support automatic high-beam adjustment.
Up front its front grille boasts Honda’s first application of an Active Shutter Grille to cut aerodynamic drag, whereas round the back its tailgate comes with Honda’s first Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate feature that allows users to open and close the tailgate with a wave of their foot.
According to Honda the power output from the turbocharged mill in the CR-V is rated at 142kW, 15kW more than the peak power output of the same turbocharged unit fitted to the Civic.
Under its hood the CR-V comes with a choice of two engines. Honda’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated power unit is destined for duty in the CR-V’s entry-level variant, while its predecessor’s 2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated has been dropped in favour of Honda’s new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged VTEC Turbo powerplant in its higher-end variants.
According to Honda the power output from the turbocharged mill in the CR-V is rated at 142kW, 15kW more than the peak power output of the same turbocharged unit fitted to the Civic. Both engine options will come paired to a CVT gearbox with Honda’s G-Shift control logic that promises to deliver a more ‘natural and sporty’ feel.
As for drivetrain configurations, the CR-V continues with either front or all-wheel drivelayouts.
On top of renewing their promise to continue the CR-V’s reputation of delivering ‘top-in-class’ interior space and ‘the best rear seat legroom’ with its expanded cabin, Honda has also improved both interior appearances and refinement. Its instrument panel is said to be draped in new soft-touch materials, while its seats are sport more intricate stitching, and its instrument cluster now adopts a futuristic colour TFT centre meter display.
In terms of safety, the CR-V boasts an impressive array of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies.
Occupants would be well taken care of with the CR-V boasting remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, rear USB charging ports, and front seats with power adjustment (eight-way for the driver and four-way for the front passenger) and seat heating.
Its new 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio Android-powered multimedia system on the other hand is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms. This feature allows for the seamless integration of key smartphone features such its GPS navigation and voice-controlled search capabilities.
In terms of safety, the CR-V boasts an impressive array of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies. Its list of active safety features include Collision Mitigation Braking with Forward Collision Warning and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.
While the fifth-generation CR-V that is destined for Australia would certainly look similar to this North American model inside and out, it is uncertain what features from its list of many will make its way here.
According to Neil McDonald, group public relations manager of Honda Australia, the exact specification of the European and Asia-Pacific CR-V models are yet to be confirmed as of press time. Details of the Australian-bound CR-V models will be announced next year with the models expected to be introduced later in the year.
Considering that the current CR-V models are built in Thailand, it would be highly likely that the models destined for our shores will be that of the Asia-Pacific specification.