Elevating the CR-V
Honda Malaysia talks about what went into the SUV design.
YOU may not realise it but Honda’s all-new CR-V has come full circle ever since the nameplate was introduced back in 1995.
Sure, the new sports utility vehicle has a bolder look and is now available with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine with the safety bells and whistles known as Honda Sensing for the top specced variant.
This safety package includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking system and cruise control.
The development team for the new CR-V however, went back to the basics of what made the vehicle so special in the first place.
Members of the media were invited to a press conference a day before the launch of the CR-V. Among the panel were the CR-V project leader Daiga Ito and Honda Malaysia executive co-ordinator Shugo Watanabe.
“The development team focused on what makes the CR-V an SUV. For instance, the minimum road clearance became lower and lower with every generation after the introduction of the first generation.
“The original CR-V started out as an SUV and then it became more of a crossover and after that, designed for urban driving ... that was the direction after the first generation to the second generation and so on. With each generation the clearance was lowered.
“But this time (for the all-new CR-V), ... we raised the road clearance, gave it a high vantage point, more roominess and a big luggage space,” said Ito in explaining the return to the CR-V roots.
“The new CR-V reminds everyone what it is like to drive an SUV (again),” said Watanabe.
The clearance for the first generation CR-V was 205mm while the latest iteration is 208mm for the 4WD variant (the 2WD variants have a 198mm clearance).
The new CR-V has increased its wheelbase to 2,660mm, which is 40mm more than the previous generation.
Honda sought to optimise the roominess of the rear passenger row even more.
“To maximise roominess, we improved the tandem distance between front and second-row seats.
“By doing so, second-row passengers can place their feet underneath the front seats while still feeling comfortable,” said Ito.
“The first-row seats were redesigned, especially the shoulders of the seats, to give rear passengers a better view of the front,” he said, adding that the changes did not compromise driver space and comfort.
Ito (centre) with Watanabe (left) and Honda Malaysia group vice-president Akkbar Danial during a technical briefing on the new CR-V.