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More spa­cious than its pre­de­ces­sor, the all-new, fifth-gen­er­a­tion Honda CR-V has ar­rived in South Africa.

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Honda has given the all-new CR-V a mod­ern de­sign. The ve­hi­cle looks stream­lined, with the bon­net’s con­tours meet­ing the base of the slim A-pil­lar, and the roofline sport­ing in­te­grated roof rails. The sharp new grille and curved slim­line head­lights (fea­tur­ing in­te­grated day­time run­ning lights) also bring the ve­hi­cle up to date. Over­all, the de­sign of the new Honda is fairly con­ser­va­tive, but it is also in­of­fen­sive and fash­ion­able.

PLAT­FORM AND SUS­PEN­SION

The fifth-gen­er­a­tion Honda CR-V em­ploys an all-new plat­form (the same as found in the Honda Civic) with more tor­sional rigid­ity which, ac­cord­ing to Honda, ben­e­fits han­dling. Like the pre­vi­ous model, the new CR-V com­bines a MacPher­son strut-based front sus­pen­sion with a mul­ti­link rear con­fig­u­ra­tion. How­ever, the en­tire sus­pen­sion has been re­vised. This in­cludes the use of liq­uid­filled bush­ings and low-fric­tion dampers for added com­fort, while new, tubu­lar sta­biliser bars in front and solid sta­biliser bars have been added to the rear. The elec­tric power steer­ing has pur­port­edly also been re­cal­i­brated to give bet­ter steer­ing pre­ci­sion and feed­back.

EN­GINES

The new Honda CR-V comes with a choice of two driv­e­trains: a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der i-VTEC petrol engine on the lower-end mod­els, and a 1.5-litre tur­bocharged petrol mill on the pricier de­riv­a­tives. At present, Honda South Africa ap­par­ently has no plans to in­tro­duce a diesel op­tion.

The 2.0-litre nor­mally as­pi­rated unit de­liv­ers a max­i­mum power out­put of 113kW at 6 500r/min, com­bined with max­i­mum torque of 189Nm at 4 300r/min. The engine is mated to a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) auto gear­box. This engine is found in the Com­fort and Ele­gance mod­els and drive is to the front wheels only.

As men­tioned, the CR-V is also avail­able with a tur­bocharged 1.5-litre power unit in the 1.5T Ex­ec­u­tive and 1.5T Ex­clu­sive mod­els. This pow­er­plant de­liv­ers 140kW of max­i­mum power at 5 600r/min, to­gether with 240Nm of max­i­mum torque be­tween 2 000 and 5 000r/min. The turbo

engine is again ac­com­pa­nied by Honda’s CVT gear­box, but is linked to an AWD sys­tem which trans­fers power from the front to the rear wheels when ad­di­tional trac­tion is re­quired.

IN­TE­RIOR

An in­crease in wheel­base, as well as wider front and rear tracks, has re­sulted in a more spa­cious cabin with an in­creased in­te­rior vol­ume. Lug­gage ca­pac­ity in the CR-V is 522 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1 084 litres with the back seats folded down. Un­like with the pre­vi­ous model, the seats fold com­pletely flat, cre­at­ing a more user-friendly lug­gage area.

All mod­els, ex­cept the en­trylevel Com­fort ver­sion, fea­ture elec­tric seat ad­just­ment and even seat heat­ing as stan­dard on the front seats. Rear ac­com­mo­da­tion is gen­er­ous, with im­pres­sive rear legroom.

Honda de­scribes one of the key in­te­rior high­lights as, “the in­tro­duc­tion of a full­colour TFT driver in­for­ma­tion in­ter­face, which re­places the pre­vi­ous model’s con­ven­tional ana­logue dials. Lo­cated in a ded­i­cated bin­na­cle di­rectly ahead of the driver, the dis­play is dom­i­nated by a graph-type rev counter, ac­com­pa­nied by a dig­i­tal speedome­ter”. A cen­trally lo­cated fiveinch or seven-inch dis­play (de­pend­ing on the model) also pro­vides ac­cess to the new CR-V’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. The sys­tem of­fers en­hanced func­tion­al­ity, in­clud­ing Ap­ple CarPlay, which al­lows seam­less in­te­gra­tion of iPhone fea­tures and func­tions, such as the iDe­vice’s own GPS nav­i­ga­tion, voice-con­trolled search ca­pa­bil­ity, and se­lected apps.

The au­dio ca­pa­bil­ity of the CR-V has also been en­hanced, and fea­tures no less than eight loud­speak­ers: one mid/ bass unit in each door, as well as a pair of tweet­ers front and rear. An ad­di­tional USB con­nec­tion is pro­vided in front, while rear pas­sen­gers get a sec­ond pair of USB sock­ets. There’s also an HDMI con­nec­tion. Ac­tive Noise Con­trol, an ad­vanced noise­can­celling sys­tem that ac­tively com­bats am­bi­ent noise in the cabin of the two pricier mod­els, and en­sures that oc­cu­pants of the new CR-V can en­joy the au­dio sys­tem’s per­for­mance to the full.

SAFETY

Ac­tive safety sys­tems in­clude ABS anti-lock con­trol, aug­mented by elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD) for the all-disc brak­ing sys­tem, as well as Honda’s pro­pri­etary agile han­dling as­sist (AHA), ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity as­sist (VSA) and hill start as­sist (HAS) sys­tems. Also in­cluded is a driver at­ten­tion mon­i­tor that mea­sures driver at­ten­tion and de­liv­ers au­di­ble and tac­tile alerts. The sys­tem con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tors and as­sesses driver be­hav­iour be­hind the wheel.

In line with its range­top­ping sta­tus, the 1.5T Ex­clu­sive is of­fered with Honda’s com­pre­hen­sive set of Ad­vanced driver as­sist sys­tems (ADAS): a com­pre­hen­sive ar­ray of ac­tive sys­tems aimed at as­sist­ing the CR-V driver to safely deal with haz­ardous driv­ing con­di­tions. Col­lec­tively known as Honda Sens­ing, they com­prise col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion brak­ing (CMBS) with for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing (FCW), road de­par­ture mit­i­ga­tion (RDM) with lane de­par­ture warn­ing (LDW), adap­tive cruise con­trol (ACC) with low speed fol­low­ing (LSF) and lane keep­ing as­sist (LKAS).

Ad­di­tional driver-as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies in­clude lanewatch, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and auto high beam lights.

The range is backed by a com­pre­hen­sive five-year/ 200 000km war­ranty, as well as a five-year/90 000km ser­vice plan. Also in­cluded is a three-year AA Road As­sist pack­age. Sched­uled ser­vices are at 15 000km in­ter­vals for the 2.0-litre mod­els, and 10 000km for the 1.5-litre turbo vari­ants.

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