This, ladies and gentlemen, is the fifth-generation Honda CR-V, and it’s just been unveiled in the United States. The newcomer features a fresh design, as well as a new chassis, updated engine options and revised interior trim.
This new model has been revealed despite the fact that the fourth-generation CR-V received a facelift just last year.
In terms of styling, the new CR-V appears to share plenty of design DNA with the latest version of the Civic. It also features LED headlamps, automatic shutters in the front grille and fresh alloy wheel designs. Other interesting additions include a hands-free tailgate and narrower A-pillars.
But perhaps most significant of all is the addition to the US range of Honda’s turbocharged 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine, set to deliver 140 kW in this application, alongside the naturally aspirated 2,4-litre unit. As we understand it, South Africa will receive this new turbo mill when the new CR-V arrives here, while the 114 kW naturally aspirated 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine is also likely to be carried over from the outgoing range.
Both of these engines deliver their power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive will be an option to further improve the handling provided by the front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension setup.
The interior gains a revised seven-inch infotainment screen (now with a volume knob, rather than a touch sensitive panel). Other interesting features mentioned in the US press kit include remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, heated side-mirrors and rear USB charging ports. Honda also says the interior makes use of higher quality materials and features more legroom in the rear.
The new CR-V will be launched in North America by the first quarter of 2017. It is expected to arrive in the South African market, though, in the second half of the year.