CR-V all set to sizzle
HONDA’s latest fifth-generation CR-V is set to wow the local sports utility vehicle (SUV) scene with its combination of looks and smart features.
The four variants are the entry-level 2.0-litre 2WD priced on-the-road with GST without insurance at RM142,200, the mid-level 1.5-litre turbocharged 2WD (RM155,700) and 1.5-litre turbocharged 4WD (RM161,600), and the range-topping 1.5-litre turbocharged 2WD Premium (RM167,700).
Colour options include Obsidian Blue Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic, while White Orchid Pearl will cost RM400 more.
Honda Malaysia also introduced a new colour of Dark Olive Metallic.
In terms of dimensions, the new 1,520kg (kerb) CR-V has significantly grown over its predecessor, with a 2,660mm (+41mm) wheelbase and measuring 4,584mm-long (+55mm), 1,855mm-wide (+36mm) and 1,679mm-tall (+25mm).
The base CR-V’s 2.0-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine produces 154PS at 6,500rpm and 189Nm of torque at 4,300rpm.
Power is managed by a continuously variable transmission before reaching the front wheels - allowing it to sprint from 0-100kph in 11.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 193kph, while rolling on 17-inch wheels with 235/65 series tyres.
As standard, the CR-V comes with an electronic power steering system that provides a turning radius of 5.9m while ride and handling is taken care of by front MacPherson struts and rear multi-link setup.
Standard fitment also includes LEDs for the automatic headlights, daytime running lights, front fog lights and rear tail lights as well as power adjustable and retractable exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and a tailgate spoiler.
Inside, the cabin is accented with silver garnish, while the powered front seats (driver - eight-way with lumbar support, passenger - fourway) and rear bench are upholstered in fabric and leather combination.
Convenience and comfort comes from an electric parking brake, keyless entry with push-start button, walk away auto lock, cruise control, paddle shifters, Econ button and full-colour LCD meter.
Also there’s a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, rear
USB charger, auto dim rear view mirror, tonneau cover, one-touch rear folding seats, dual-zone climate controls, rear air vents and 552 litres (1,084 litres) of boot space.
For entertainment, an eight-speaker sound system with 7.0-inch Advance Display Audio system with multi-angle reverse camera is provided and comes with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, USB and HDMI ports as well as handsfree telephone with voice recognition.
Safety features include six airbags, anti-lock braking system, brake assist, vehicle stability assist with agile handle assist, hill start assist, emergency stop signal and rear proximity sensors.
The mid- and range-topping variants get a 1.5-litre turbocharged mill that’s similar to that used in the current 1.5-litre turbocharged Honda Civic.
The engine has been uprated to produce 193PS at 5,600rpm and 243NM of torque from 2,000 to 5,000rpm over the Civic’s 173PS at 5,500rpm and 220Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500rpm.
The CR-V 4WD rides 10mm higher at 208mm over its 2WD counterpart and is also heavier at 1,595kg. The mid- and range-topping CR-V variants also come with 18-inch wheels fitted with lower profile 235/60 series tyres; 0-100kph now takes 8.8 (4WD - 9.2) seconds and top speed is now 200kph.
Other features include wood cabin garnish, automatic wipers and front proximity sensors.
The range-topping 1.5TC-P 2WD gets the longest list of goodies that includes automatic highbeam, active cornering lights, programmable powered tailgate, Honda LaneWatch Camera and the Honda Sensing cutting-edge safety system.
The safety system uses cameras, sensors and a radar to warn of possible forward collision, reduce crash possibility and prevent accidental lane deviation.
The system also includes an adaptive cruise control with lowspeed follow to make driving easier and less stressful.
Last but not least, the Modulo accessories are also available with the Aero Package for the 2.0 2WD costing RM5,900 (including GST) and consists of front and rear bumpers, side running boards and an exhaust tip.
The Aero package for the 1.5 turbocharged variants costs RM5,700 and does not come with an exhaust tip.
Available for all variants is the Urban Package, costing RM1,790 and includes items such as door visors, illuminated side steps and a rear bumper protector, while the Utility package at RM1,165 throws in a cargo tray, cargo net, trunk organiser, door protector film and sun shades.
Furthermore, there are nine window tint options ranging from RM1,500 to RM3,000 as well as the CSE Connex vehicle tracking service costing RM2,960.
CR-V project leader Daiga Ito (left) and Honda Malaysia managing director ad chief executive officer Katsuto Hayashi with the newly launched fifth-generation model.
Dashboard with wood trimming.
Digital instrument panel.
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights.