Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Honda | posted October 14, 2016 02:23
5th generation Hond CR-V grows in size, gains turbo engine
Honda has just revealed the fifth-generation CR-V and now boasts of turbo power and more technology. The automaker adds that the crossover features a more premium interior, boasting a larger cabin with even more rear seat legroom and larger and a more versatile cargo area.
The main highlight of the all-new CR-V is the turbocharged engine, a first for the brand's crossover. First used in the Civic, it is an uprated version on what's seen in the C-Segment sedan. In the CR-V, the 1.5 liter Earth Dreams, direct injection turbo engine puts out 192 PS and 243 Nm of torque. Like CR-Vs of the past, it is available with either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In the US, the sole transmission offering is a continuously variable transmission. According to a reliable source, the local market 2017 CR-V's will be available with a turbodiesel engine and will be the first time Honda will be offering a diesel in the Philippines.
For its exterior, the new CR-V now follows the styling direction set by the 2016 Civic. The Solid Wing Face fascia gives the new crossover a bolder, more aggressive look with the honeycomb pattern further accenting a sporty look. On to its side, the windshield gets a steeper rake and thicker lower half cladding. Like the fourth-gen CR-V, the 2017 model also features a window line that kinks upwards. Moving towards the rear of the car, the license plate holder is set lower and the CR-V's signature pillar mounted tail lights are given a new twist.
Inside Honda's all-new crossover is a redesigned dash and cabin. The automaker adds that is has a more spacious cabin, with top-in-class interior space and the best rear seat legroom in its class, features upgraded materials throughout, including a new soft-touch instrument panel. The instrument panel is split into three with engine temperature and fuel level at each corner. At the center of the cluster is an LCD screed that houses speed, RPM and vehicle information.
Honda has also retired the dual screen for its infotainment system and in its place is a single large screen. The new infotainment screen measures in at 7 inches and is compatible with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another new feature in the 2017 CR-V is an electronic parking brake, replacing the foot operated unit which was used in the automatic transmission variants of the third and fourth-generation models. Also available in the 2017 Honda CR-V is a remote engine starter, dual-zone climate control, rear USB charging ports plus front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver's seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support.