•New diesel and nine-speed auto
HEADED FOR SA: The new Honda CR-V will arrive in South Africa later in 2015. Image: Honda
•Enhanced vehicle safety
LONDON, England - Honda’s popular CR-V receives a mid-life makeover with style tweaks, a new diesel engine and nine-speed transmission. It will arrive locally later in 2015, details to be released closer to its launch date.
The announcement follows the arrival of the latest Honda Jazz in South Africa.
The 2015 CR-V forms part of a wave of next-generation advanced and sporty vehicles from Honda. Its new 118 kW/350Nm four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbodiesel, available with the four-wheel drive CR-V, will replace the previous 2.2-litre (110kW/350Nm) unit, mated to an optional new nine-speed auto.
TECH, DESIGN TWEAKS
The CR-V gains design enhancements with an assertive, layered grille, new LEDs, foglights, new front and rear bumpers and skidplate. Honda has also redesigned the tailgate.
The 2015 CR-V will showcase the automaker’s latest audio and information system. Honda Connect offers DAB/FM/AM as well as internet radio, Bluetooth, internet connectivity, satnav and reversing camera.
Honda Connect is compatible with Android 4.0.4 and can be operated using pinch, swipe and tap gestures via a 17cm display screen.
‘SAFETY FOR EVERYONE’
The new CR-V will premiere Honda’s new Intelligent adaptive cruise control (i-ACC) system as part of the automaker’s commitment to “Safety for Everyone”.
The system is capable of predicting and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the vehicle’s lane and is based on extensive research of, Honda says, “typical European driving styles”.
According to Honda: “The i-ACC uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road.
“It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes cutting-in, enabling the equipped vehicle to react quickly, safely and comfortably.