The latest CR-V continues to offer SUV practicality but with more car-like driving dynamics and styling, greater comfort and a more luxurious interior.
Muscular lower proportions and standard 17-inch wheels emphasise SUV credentials.
The new interior features metallic trim elements applied to dashboard and doors, contrasting with soft textured black trim.
Extra options included driver's eight-way adjustable power seat, leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera.
Like the Civic the CR-V offers the option of a Panorama glass roof which stretches from the windscreen to a point above the rear seat to provide an even lighter cabin.
If desired it can be closed off by two electric blinds which are covered in the same material as the roof lining.
The SUVs are driven by a 2-litre petrol or a 2.2 diesel engine, equipped with brand new transmissions: either a 6-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic.
Maximum power and torque figures are 110 kW at a slightly lower 6 200 r/min, and 190 Nm at 4 200 r/min
Zero to 100 km/h is reached in 10.2 seconds with the manual model, while the automatic reaches it in 12.2 seconds.
The new CR-V will receive its international show debut in Paris during September and sales in Europe begin in January 2007.
Although Honda SA is keeping quiet about it, insiders expect the new CR-V to be shown at the Auto Africa Expo in Johannesburg in October.