Following its launch in the US back in October 2016, the fifth-generation Honda CR-V makes its debut in the ASEAN region at the 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show.
One of the highlights of the new model is its engine lineup. There is no longer a 2.0-liter engine on offer for Honda's long-running crossover. Instead, the lineup starts with the 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine with Earth Dreams Technology which puts out 175 PS and 225 Nm. More significantly, it is the first CR-V offered in Southeast Asia with Honda's i-DTEC turbodiesel. With a capacity of 1.6-liters, the i-DTEC engine produces 160 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
Transmissions also differ in each engine type. The gas-powered models get a continuously variable transmission (CVT) while the diesel benefits from a nine-speed automatic. In Thailand at least, both these engines can be paired with all-wheel drive.
The 2017 CR-V sits on the same platform as the Civic, meaning gains in length and width. It now measures 4,587 mm long, 1,854 mm wide and 1,687 mm tall for all-wheel drive models. At the front, it sports the brand's signature “Solid Wing Face” design with its upswept headlights, chrome bar grill and honeycomb patterns further, accenting a sporty look.
On to its side, the windshield gets a steeper rake, a styling detail kicked off by the current Civic. It also features thick, unpainted cladding that surrounds the lower half of the car. 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 now in the shape of an “L”.
Inside, the cabin features a “floating” dashboard, similar to the soon to be outgoing model. This new interpretation features more sweeps and curves, as well as the integration of more trim and inserts on the dashboard and door panels. Like the Civic, the instrument cluster is split into three with engine temperature and fuel level at each corner. At the center of the cluster is an LCD screen that houses speed, RPM and vehicle information.
Another highlight is the addition of a third-row seat. While kits have been offered in the past, the third row seen here is integrated into the cargo floor. Passengers seated there are treated to three-point seatbelts, as well as cupholders. It suggests that Honda may have engineered the 2017 CR-V to carry seven people.
There is currently no word whether or not the Philippines will get most, or all, of the features seen in the Thai-Spec model.