Sixth generation Honda CR-V is now in ASEAN, available in VTEC Turbo and e:HEV flavors
After releasing the first details and images of the all-new compact crossover, Honda Thailand has officially revealed the 2023 CR-V for Southeast Asia. Making its regional debut during a special preview at this year's Bangkok International Motor Show, the next-generation CR-V gets a sleeker look, a new Civic-like interior, and new powertrain options.
As mentioned weeks before, the all-new CR-V for Southeast Asia will only be available with either a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo or the new 2.0-liter dual-motor hybrid system dubbed e:HEV. Beginning with the former, the turbocharged four-cylinder makes 190 PS at 6000 rpm with 240 Nm of torque between 1700 to 5000 rpm. Power goes to a CVT and is available in FWD or Real-Time AWD.
The e:HEV is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four that is helped along by two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack. The engine makes a humble 148 PS at 6100 rpm and 183 Nm of torque. When paired with the electric motors, however, the entire powertrain makes a combined 184 PS and a generous 335 Nm of torque. Unlike the VTEC Turbo which is available in FWD, the e:HEV is exclusively an AWD model and is paired with an e-CVT.
Sorry turbo-diesel fans, the 1.6-liter i-DTEC has been discontinued for the CR-V since July 2022 in Thailand.
The sixth-generation CR-V features the brand's latest design language. A pair of sleek LED headlights along with a distinct grille and sport front bumper give the crossover its sporty looks. The side meanwhile gets a more upright stance with its larger windows. Towards the rear, the 2023 CR-V still comes with L-shaped LED taillights, albeit more aggressively designed, a new tailgate, and a pair of redesigned exhaust finishers.
For those who wish to have their CR-V with an even sportier look, there's the RS appearance pack which is only exclusive to the e:HEV. Not only does it get a meaner-looking grille, but it also gets body-colored cladding, bigger alloy wheels, and RS badges all around. Non-RS-variants, on the other hand, look more sedated with smaller alloys and a differently-styled grille.
Inside, those who have already seen the US-spec CR-V will find the cabin of the Thai-spec crossover similar. That's because it also gets a Civic-like design which sees it get the “Simplicity and Something” design philosophy for its interior. Just like its predecessor, a 7-seater version is still available for those who prefer their CR-V with three rows of seats.
Available features in the 2023 CR-V include a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, free-standing 9-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, leather-wrapped seats, a panoramic sunroof, LED ambient lighting, memory seats, a wireless charging pad, dual-zone auto climate control, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
As before, the CR-V comes with a long list of intelligent driver aids. Called Honda Sensing, it gives the crossover the following; collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, auto high-beam, adaptive driving beam, and lead car departure notification.
With the 2023 Honda CR-V now in Thailand, expect Honda Cars Philippines Inc to also bring the new generation crossover to the country soon. We're keeping our fingers crossed we won't have to wait too long for its arrival.