The all-new CR-V looks set to claw out a good slice of the SUV pie.
Wasn't it just a while ago when we were looking at pictures of the CR-V concept in July last year? Yes, we were pleased to see that Honda kept all of the things we liked on the concept (actually, everything) and put it into production.
If looks alone could sell, we could see the 4th generation CR-V outselling its previous model, of which almost 2,400 units ply our roads today. In a nutshell, the new CR-V is more powerful, comfortable, quieter, stiffer and Eco-friendlier.
"The new 4th Generation Honda CR-V impresses with its sedan-like driving experience. It is also very well equipped," says Mr Vincent Ng, Product Manager of Kah Motor. "All models are equipped with an intelligent Multi-information Display featuring a 5-inch TFT display and Honda's innovative Eco Assist. To meet the individual needs of our customers, we are offering a new 2 engine line-up with Front Wheel Drive for even greater efficiency."
Two i-VTEC engines are on offer: a 155hp, 190Nm 2.0-litre and the 190hp, 222Nm 2.4-liter. Both are paired with a standard five-speed automatic transmission, with the 2.4-litre getting paddles shifters. Both of them feature Eco Assist to help achieve fuel consumption figures of 7.6L/100km (2.0L) and 8.4L/100km (2.4L).
New standard features on the CR-V includes a 1-Pull Lever 60/40 Rear Folding Seats and a range of standard technology features, such as dual-zone air conditioning and cruise control. New high-tech features on both models include a full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).
The 2.4-litre model features keyless entry, Honda's navigation system with DVD and USB playback, hill start assist, powered driver seat adjustments, sun+moon roofs, automatic HID projector lights and rain-sensing wipers.
Regardless of engine capacity, the CR-V features a more spacious interior layout with a roomy new center console/arm rest and an overall lower cargo floor height for easy loading and unloading.
The new 1-Pull Lever 60/40 Rear Folding Seats makes accessing the full capability of the cargo area much more convenient than traditional folding seats. Each side of the rear seat can fold nearly flat into the front of the cargo area using one of the release levers located near the tailgate, or a pull-strap positioned on the seat side.
It's safe too, with seat designs to protect the occupants from whiplash injury. ABS with brake assist are standard, while the 2.4-litre option getting VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) and a whole slew of side and curtain airbags.
The new CR-V is now on sale at S$179,900 for the 2.0-litre and $188,900 for the 2.4-litre.