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2017 Honda CR-V begins production in North America

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Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Honda | posted November 23, 2016 09:54

Other global Honda plants to follow suit in producing the 2017 CR-V

The all-new Honda CR-V will be arriving in dealerships around the world soon after the company commemorated the start of production of the 2017 CR-V at their East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio.

With it, the Ohio factory has been designated as the global lead plant that will manufacture the fifth-generation CR-V. In addition, the East Liberty Auto Plant is equipped with the latest tech and development that will be used in building the 2017 CR-V. Also, the lead plant will become the basis for the ten other global factories that will produce the all-new CR-V.

“Our Ohio team did an incredible job as the lead plant for the global launch of this new Honda CR-V and we look forward to sharing this world-class 2017 CR-V with our customers in the U.S., North America and around the world. With a first-ever available turbocharged engine that is also built right here in Ohio we believe the CR-V will continue to set the standard for compact SUVs,” said Tim Myers, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant.

The new 2017 Honda CR-V

Beyond that, two other plants in North America will also be producing the 2017 CR-V. These include Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Indiana and Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario. Meanwhile, the 1.5-liter turbocharged Earth Dreams engine will be produced exclusively at Honda's engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

In review, the 2017 CR-V is the fifth-generation model that is now powered by an Earth Dreams turbocharged powerplant derived from the all-new Civic. It produces 192 PS with 243 Nm of torque and is available with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Philippine-spec models will be availabe with a turbo-diesel.

Moreover, the 2017 CR-V has grown in size and now conforms to the brand's current design language. In-car features available in the new CR-V include: digital instrument panel, dual-zone climate control, electronic parking brake, remote engine start, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment.