CR-V all set to siz­zle

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Launch - — JAY WONG

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.

Cruise con­trol.

LED head­lights with LED day­time run­ning lights.

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