|Honda Malaysia today presented the all-new Honda CR-V in its 4th generation guise that marries the (CR-V) Comfortable Runabout Vehicle’s new contemporary design and smart interior functionality.|
Honda CR-V through the generations
The first generation CR-V from 1995 – 2001, a Japan-specification variant, kickstarted the era where the concept of an SUV changed with a shift to sedan-based design. Honda persevered further into the amalgamation of the SUV – Sedan design concept in the 2nd generation CR-V from 2001 – 2006 and refined it further in the 3rd generation CR-V from 2006 – 2011. The gamble paid off brilliantly as the CR-V accumulated a whopping 4.9 million units in global sales through the three generations.
As all cars go through the customary 5-year new variant cycle, the 4th-Gen locally-assembled CR-V is the latest representation of Honda’s comfortable Runabout Vehicle. Based on the SUV’s three principles of Functional, Efficient and Confident, the latest CR-V has shorter significant dimensions compared to its predecessor; wheelbase has shrunk 30mm to 4545mm bumper to bumper and overall height is decreased by 30mm at 1685mm. The more compact dimensions do not mean the interior space has been compromised as the 4th-Gen CR-V still offers adequate head clearance and a large boot for all necessary large items.
Honda CR-V’s expressive exterior
The 4th-Gen CR-V is gifted a bold and premium motifs such as, the front’s sculpted hood, muscular front bumper, 3-slate chrome grille, projector headlights and rounded foglights. A slim turn signal, front to rear swooping silhouette and defined shoulder line emphasize the CR-V’s sporty demeanor. At the rear, the “boomerang-shaped” lights (when viewed from the side) extend from the roof to the center portion and shark fin antenna, both resemble the Volvo XC60 closest. Further, the stepped bumper and chrome-piece at the center add a touch of class to the new CR-V indefinitely. Bigger wheels (17-inch) complete the CR-V’s bold ambitions.
Interior-wise, the new Honda CR-V provides a seat configuration that fits five adults and a boot space that fills up to 589 liters with the rear seats up. Pull the latch on the One-Motion Rear foldable seat, you’ll get a boot storage of up to 1,146l. The 5″ i-MID (Intelligent-Multi Information Display) on the center of the dashboard gives the driver a glimpse of important vehicle information. At the bottom right of the steering with multi-function switches, a useful ECON button is valid for fuel efficient drives. Once activated the large round-shaped combi meter flashes to green to exhibit the eco-drive mode. Other major interior features include, 6-speaker audio system with USB and iPhone/iPod jacks, and rear air-conditioning vents.
The 4th-Gen CR-V is powered by a 2.0 i-VTEC powerplant that is mated to a 5-speed automatic with Honda’s grade logic control gearbox. This powertrain propels the SUV to 155 PS (up 5 PS from the previous CR-V) and 190 Nm of torque. At the same time, the real time 4WD with Intelligent Control System delivers a four-wheel drive experience whenever there is a need for it.
Active and passive safety equipment offerings are plenty in the 4th-Gen CR-V, the safety features consist of four airbags, EBD, ABS, VSA that works in tandem with the Adaptive Power steering, the new Hill Start Assist, remote entry, reverse camera, immobilizer and security alarm. ACE body structure, and ISOFIX on rear seats.
Honda Malaysia also announced that the 2.4l CR-V variant is slated for debut in June and would run at a price of RM190,000.
Honda CR-V color choices and Modulo accessories
The new Honda CR-V is available in five colors: Twilight Blue Metallic, Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic. It retails at a lower price, compared to the previous edition. of RM148,800 on-the-road with insurance, including 5-year unlimited warranty and new service interval of 10,000km.
Four Modulo packages; Alpha, Beta, Utility and Urban, are valid for the CR-V. These accessories range from small to larger add-ons like; cargo net, cargo tray, chrome door visor, front & rear foot light, front grille, front aero bumper, exhaust pipe finisher, rear aero bumper, extended side skirt or running board, LED side step garnish, tailgate spoiler and tonneau cover.