Honda is all set to launch their next-generation C-segment crossover in the ASEAN region after the automaker released new teaser images of the 2017 CR-V in Thailand. Slated to be revealed at this year's Bangkok International Motor Show, the all-new crossover will apparently be sold in The Land of Smiles as a 7-seater (as opposed to the US market which gets it as a 5-seater).
A closer look inside reveals that high-end models of the crossover will supposedly have leather upholstery, as well as what appear to be touchscreen infotainment and a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel.
Also, it looks like the new CR-V will be available with an NSX-style button gear selector. This could indicate that the diesel-powered CR-V may have borrowed its 9-speed dual clutch transmission from the NSX hybrid supercar.
As for its styling, the 2017 CR-V looks sleeker than before and now conforms to the brand's current design language. The front fascia gets Civic-inspired LED headlights while the taillights bear a unique L-shape design.
Engines that will be offered for the 2017 CR-v include an uprated 1.5-liter Earth Dreams turbo inline-four and the new 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbo-diesel. The former produces 192 PS with 243 Nm of torque while the latter generates 160 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The gasoline turbo will be married to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) while the turbo-diesel will be connected to a 9-speed dual clutch as previously mentioned.
The fifth-generation Honda CR-V is expected to make its local debut soon and according to a reliable source, it will be available as a turbo-diesel. If so, it will be the first time that Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) will offer a diesel-powered model. It is also highly likely that the new CR-V will arrive here as a 7-seater.
The 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show will run from March 27 – April 9 and will take place at the Challenger Hall of the Impact Exhibition Center in Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok.