Next Honda CR-V headed for SA
NEW DESIGN, TWO-WHEEL DRIVE: Honda's CR-V sports a new design along with a host of tech from the Japanese automaker to make sure its next CR-V builds on its predecessors success.
Since its launch in 1995, more than five-million Honda CR-V units have been sold globally and the coming fourth generation sports a new design as it hopes to build on its predecessors' success.
South African fans of the Japanese SUV will have to wait until October or November 2012 to get behind the wheel.
The initial range gives a choice between two-litre and 2.2 diesel engines. Power remains the same for the i-DTEC diesel engine, at 110kW/350Nm though CO2 emissions for the manual version have been reduced from 171g/km to 153g/km.
The i-VTEC petrol sees marginal power and torque increases to deliver 115kW (110kW) and 192Nm (190Nm), while emissions have fallen from 192g/km to 174g/km.
In front-wheel guise, the 2.0 petrol has a CO2 rating of 170g/km. The rest of range sports all-wheel drive with hill assist and descent control.
Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the new model takes on a more assertive stance with a bold front design. The bumper is joined by a horizontal grille and deep-set headlights. The model's signature vertical tail-lights, now with LEDs, remain but feature a three-dimensional style.
The headlights feature LED daytime running lights.
Exterior designer Manabu Konaka says: “The CR-V has always been a car for every occasion. It can be both casual and formal, but the appearance must always convey solidity and reliability.”
The length and height of the SUV has been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing interior space.
With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up, boot capacity is rated at 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm making it easier to load heavy or awkward items.
Keyless entry and a power tailgate have been added to ehance its practicality.
The centre console sports a five inch display which controls audio, telephone and navigation systems (where fitted).
More space has been created between the seats for two cup holders, a storage compartment, armrest and air vents for the rear seats.
Honda has added a host of technology as standard for the new CR-V such as its ECON mode and Eco assist systems. When the ECON button is selected the throttle response and air-conditioning are automatically adjusted to minimise fuel consumption.
The Eco assist system uses the vehicle’s dashboard display to advise drivers on how their driving style is impacting fuel economy, by changing the colour of the dial edges from white to green when driving more efficiently.
The new CR-V is also the latest vehicle to employ the automaker’s Advanced Driver Assist System, or ADAS for short. ADAS incorporates Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), which warns of an impending collision and even applies the brakes to minimise an impact.