The all-new fifth-generation Honda CR-V will arrive into Australian dealerships this July with a five-tier line-up priced from $30,690 plus on-roads. Boasting an all-turbo engine line-up and a new seven-seat option, the CR-V aims high to regain lost ground in the tightly contested mid-size SUV market.
Under the bonnet the 2018 CR-V shares the same engine as the current Honda Civic – a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, upgraded to deliver 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque, up from the Civic’s 127kW / 220Nm output.
Featuring the company’s VTEC variable valve timing and fuel-saving Earth Dreams technology, the new CR-V is claimed to offer owners the fuel efficiency they don’t expect from an SUV. It is matched with a CVT automatic and available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive formats.
Promising superior equipment levels against key rivals Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage, the CR-V boasts keyless entry, Active Noise Control, dual-zone climate, alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera and electric parking brake across the range.
Mid spec models feature larger 18-inch alloy wheels, electric tailgate, built-in satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, and Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot system, while range topping variants get panoramic sunroof, full leather upholstery, heated and powered front seats, LED headlights and the full suite of Honda’s safety and driver-assist system.
“Twenty years ago the first generation Honda CR-V redefined the segment by delivering space, efficiency and versatility in a compact package. One that Australian families had never seen before,” said Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins.
“Our customers consistently tell us what a joy their CR-Vs are to live with and the fifth generation builds on this reputation with new levels of style, versatility, technology and value.”
“The all-new CR-V is bolder and more stylish than ever, and in true Honda fashion it nails the brief for versatility with more interior space plus a new seven seat option,” said Mr. Collins.
“Unlike most competitors, the all-new Honda CR-V offers an advanced 140kW VTEC Turbo engine as standard across the range, which delivers a fine balance of power and efficiency to every customer,” added Mr. Collins.
“The all-new CR-V represents brilliant value, especially for customers looking for a premium SUV experience for under $35,000. In fact, the entry VTi grade in the new CR-V range more closely matches the previous generation VTi-S, while adding $3,700 of value over its predecessor,” Mr. Collins said.
The new CR-V brings bold new sculpted styling, a more premium interior and a host of new features and technologies aimed at elevating the CR-V to the pointy end of the compact SUV class.
Based on an all-new platform architecture, the CR-V also targets the highest levels of quality and driving refinement in the medium SUV class, including benchmark steering precision, ride comfort, body control and cabin quietness, according the Honda.
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.
The new platform allows the CR-V to accommodate a third row of seats for the first time. Both five-seat and seven-seat variants are offered in Australia.
Its cabin is said to offer better refinement and best-in-class interior space, with cabin materials upgraded throughout for a more premium interior feel.
2018 Honda CR-V Australian price and specification
- 140kW VTEC Turbo engine
- Earth Dreams Technology CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
- Smart keyless entry with Push Button Start
- Active Noise Control (ANC)
- Dual-zone climate control
- Reverse camera
- 7.0-inch Advanced Display Audio with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
- 8-speaker audio system
- Electric Parking Brake
- LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
- Front fog lights
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Full size alloy spare wheel
- Driver Attention Monitor (DAM)
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
Features of VTi grade PLUS
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Electric tailgate
- Built-in satellite navigation
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Optional Real-Time All-Wheel Drive system (VTi-S AWD)
Features of VTi-S grade PLUS
- 7-seats with split-fold 3rd row
- Panoramic sunroof
- Leather-appointed seat trim+
- Heated front seats
- Power front seats (8-way driver with lumbar & memory, 4-way passenger)
- Automatic rain-sensing wipers
Features of VTi-L grade (excluding 7-seats) PLUS
- Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies
- Real-Time All-Wheel Drive system
- LED headlights with active cornering lights + LED front fog lights
- Digital Radio (DAB+)
- Privacy glass
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror
2018 Honda CR-V pricing (excluding on-roads)
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