The Honda CR-V has always been one of the most popular cars that Honda makes. Now, in Detroit, the company has shown off the fifth generation of the CR-V. By late 2016, the car will be on sale in the US. The new CR-V is built on Honda’s compact global platform, which was first used in the tenth-generation Civic. The SUV will be powered by the latest range of VTEC-Turbo gasoline engines from the company, as well as the engines that are already available. India won’t get the car until 2017, after it has been sold in Europe.
The 5th-generation CR-V looks tough, which is the first step in the recipe for making an SUV. From the front, it looks like its smaller brother or sister, the BR-V. All trims have headlamps with LED daytime running lights that look like wings. Wide, strong fenders give it the look of a typical utility vehicle. The new CR-V has a longer wheelbase and a shorter overhang at the back. It also has two exhaust tips. Along with the other changes, Honda has also added new alloy wheels.
When you go inside, things are also different. It has better quality materials, which you can see in the soft-touch dashboard and the way the seats are stitched. The cabin took some parts and design ideas from the most recent Hondas, like the most recent Civic sedan. Even though the CR-V has a modern look, some features from the first generation have been kept. For example, the gear lever is still on the dashboard.
The new Honda CR-V is powered by a new 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine that puts out about 193PS and 288Nm of torque. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is 2.4 litres in size and can make up to 187PS of power. Both engines are connected to an automatic transmission that changes speed as needed.
The new CR-V is packed with features like the Civic’s digital central instrument cluster display and Honda’s latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that sticks out of the dashboard. It has a high-tech navigation system that was made in collaboration with Garmin. Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto can also be used with the infotainment system. The list of features also includes dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, heated wing mirrors, an electric parking brake, electrically adjustable front seats, etc.