The range now consists of four derivatives: the RVi and RVSi, both available with a choice of manual or automatic transmission.
Both models features the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine, driving all four wheels only when necessary, thanks to the Dual Pump Realtime four-wheel-drive.
This fast-acting system sends power and torque (unchanged at 110 kW and 190 Nm respectively) to the rear wheels in an instant on slippery surfaces, reverting to fuel-saving front-wheel-drive mode when conditions allow.
Along with the addition of a limited slip differential, the CR-Vs off road ability has been significantly enhanced.
The flagship RVSi takes comfort and practicality to a new level, adding high quality full leather upholstery, a cooler box, a leather gaiter for the gearstick in two-pedal versions, and steering wheel satellite controls for the tuner/CD player.
Since an aesthetic and specification upgrade in November last year the CR-V has been fitted with side and curtain airbags and climate control, and these features remain part of the RVSi package.
An anti-theft alarm was also introduced at that time, and along with the cooler box, will be standard equipment on the RVi version too.
The entry-level model can be identified by the black outer door handles, mirrors, bumpers and side protection strips, as well as a soft cover for the spare wheel. Mechanically it is identical to the flagship model, only losing some luxury specification items in order to bring it in at a lower price.
Items such as the leather upholstery, sunroof, cruise control, front fog lamps, headlight washers, sunglass holder, and outside temperature indicator fitted to the RVSi are deleted from the RVi. Dual front airbags are fitted to this model, while ABS brakes with EBD are retained.
The RVi has a price tag of R259 900 for the manual and R269 900 for the auto.
The flagship offers exactly the same space solutions but with a more upmarket ambience. Despite the additional features, the price increase on the RVSi has been kept to a minimum with the manual priced at R285 900 and the automatic at R296 900.
All four derivatives in the CR-V range come standard with a three year/60 000 km maintenance plan, a three year/100 000 km warranty, and a one year roadside assistance programme.