Honda has debut the New CR-V European-spec at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new generation of the world’s best-selling SUV raises the bar in terms of interior quality, refinement and spaciousness, including, for the first time, the option of seven seats on petrol models.
In looks, the New CR-V has a fresh and sophisticated exterior design, with broader, muscular wheel arches, sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, as well as the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic. Coupled with thinner A-pillars, sculpted front and rear bumpers, and under-engine and under-floor covers, the SUV is one of the most aerodynamically efficient vehicles in its class. Let’s not forget about the Active Shutter Grille system.
2019 Honda CR-V European-spec interior
To mach the outside, the inside comes with a refined layout with dashboard featuring two 7-inch displays. At th same time, the layout of controls has been rationalized with a simple cluster for air-conditioning management located beneath the central touchscreen.
As a transporter, the next-gen CR-V has larger proportions than its predecessor, and the longer wheelbase and wider stance enable a significantly roomier interior. Best-in-class space efficiency is highlighted by generous accommodation for all occupants, as well as a wider, deeper boot with a longer load bay. A new two-position boot floor enables a flat surface for loading larger items, while a Hands-Free Action power tailgate enables convenient loading access. Other highlights include, a programmable tailgate, a three-mode center-console storage and the new single-action ‘dive down’ 60:40 split-fold second-row seat backs. Option of seven seats is available for the first time, while the third row offers exceptional leg room and heel step height, as well as a 101-degree seat angle to ensure long-distance passenger comfort. Access to the third-row seats is also class-leading, thanks to a wide and low step-in aperture.
For the first time ever, Honda hybrid technology will be offered in an SUV for the European market. The New CR-V will be available with Honda’s Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system, comprising a 2.0 liter i-VTEC Atkinson cycle petrol engine and two electric motors. The i-MMD system does not use a conventional transmission, instead, a more compact unit has a single fixed-gear ratio.
A 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine, which provides the required performance and fuel economy, is also available. Power is delivered via a six-speed manual gearbox, or an optional CVT automatic transmission tuned to deliver a more linear response.
The petrol and hybrid powertrains are front-wheel drive as standard, but both can be specified with Honda’s latest all-wheel drive technology, ‘Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System, which gives the CR-V genuine all-terrain capability. Ground clearance has been increased by 38mm for all variants, up to a height of 208mm for the AWD petrol model.
The CR-V petrol version starts roll-out in fourth quarter of the year, whereas the Hybrid version in early next year.