Surprise! Surprise! Honda unveiled the latest generation of CR-V this week. Something that I don’t expect to see at least until 2016 LA Auto Show next month. The fifth-generation gives a hope to Japanese carmaker to be more success in the middle of compact SUV segment which is so crowded. For your information, CR-V has been sold nearly 4 million units worldwide. In the newest generation, Honda puts a more characteristic design and a new engine with turbo.
The exterior design of New CR-V is more character than its predecessor. Honda’s designers took the inspiration from other Honda models and even Acuras. Up front, you will see the LED headlights that is likely borrowed from latest Accord and Civic and inspired by Acura’s Jewel LED Headlights. To add luxury look the company put chromed grille which is equipped with Automatic Shutter Grille to decrease aerodynamic drag.
From side, you will realize that line design from previous generation is completely gone. Now the latest CR-V is a little bit boxier instead of circular. And at the rear, now the LED taillights are half on the D-pillar flowing to the right and form C-shaped. The bulge wheel arches give the car more athletic and big look at the same time.
Inside, Honda said that CR-V could accommodate five people without any confirmation about the availability of 7-seater like it’s rumored before. According to Japanese automaker, New CR-V is roomier than its previous generation. In terms of interior design, I can say that the cabin is elegant and sleek with less buttons in the center cockpit, thanks to 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, the return of physical volume knob gives mixed opinion from auto enthusiasts. But in my opinion, it’s a good decision.
Honda equipped the CR-V with some new features. First is remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front and rear outboard seats.
Under the hood, there are two engine choices. A naturally-aspirated 2.4 liter producing 184 hp is still there. And for the first time, CR-V will come with a turbo engine. Yeah, you’re not dreaming, bro. Honda’s engineers put a petrol engine 1.5 liter from latest Civic equipped with turbo 4-cylinder delivering 190 hp. I hope it will available worldwide. And I expect to see the diesel engine for European market which probably will be announced in the near future.
In the USA, 2017 Honda CR-V will go on sale this fall.
Text: Andhika Pradityo