Honda has pulled the wraps off the all-new, fifth-generation CR-V today at a launch event in the U.S. Completely redesigned and reengineered, the 2017 CR-V goes on sale in North America, bringing bold new sculpted styling, a more premium interior, the nameplate’s first-ever turbocharged engine and a host of new features and technologies aimed at elevating the CR-V to the pointy end of the compact SUV segment.
The upper spec CR-V will feature a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that also powers the current generation civic. A 2.4-litre engine will remain available for the entry level models. Both engines will be mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. Detailed specifications will be provided closer to launch.
The all-new body and chassis design in the 2017 CR-V promises more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilise specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V’s more direct and improved steering feel.
Inside, the new CR-V is said to offer better refinement and best-in-class interior space. Cabin materials have been upgraded throughout for a more premium interior feel, while in-vehicle connectivity steps on a notch with the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as the new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System developed in cooperation with Garmin.
Safety is another major focus for the new CR-V. The range will be available with Honda Sensing which includes Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights.
The new Honda CR-V will launch in Australia in 2017.