2018 Honda CR-V

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is on full assault to shake-up the local automotive market as they introduce new models one after another. HCPI brought the refreshed City, limited Civic Type R, updated Mobilio, and the restyled Jazz this 2017. However, the brand intends to maintain its momentum as they launch the 7-seater diesel-powered all-new CR-V.

The 2018 CR-V is the first ever diesel model in Honda’s local lineup. A 1.6L diesel turbo engine lies under its hood. It delivers a power output of 120 hp and 300 Nm of torque, while shifting is done via 9-speed automatic transmission.

In case you want this CR-V with a gasoline power unit, HCPI is still offering the 2.0L i-VTEC engine that generates 154 hp and 189 Nm of torque. It is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

HCPI is offering the 5th generation CR-V in 4 variants (3 diesels and 1 gasoline). Of note, all diesel variants come with 7 seats while the gasoline variant is a 5-seater. The variant options hint that HCPI want to push the diesel-powered CR-V. Well, that makes sense because it’s an open secret that Filipinos love diesel engines.

The exterior of the CR-V looks aggressive and sporty at the same time. The fascia is fitted with a large grille, sweptback LED headlights, daytime running lights (DRL), and a muscular bumper. With this, the CR-V appears to be on attack mode – ready to strike and to compete with its rivals in the local automotive market.

Turning at the side, the vehicle has prominent wheel arches along with sharp character lines. The rear, on the other hand, has distinctive LED taillights, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and a chrome bar trim. The CR-V’s design is finished off with a set of 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Of note, the top CR-V variant (SX Diesel) has a panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, auto rain sensing wipers, and high beam support (automatically change from low to high beam in dark driving conditions).

Inside, it features a black interior theme along with wood trims. It has a 3-spoke steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, leather seats, and an electronic gear selector. The CR-V also has a full digital instrument cluster, which come standard across all variants.

The interior is also integrated with a dual zone automatic air conditioning system, which has the ability to set the ideal temperature for you and your passenger. Seating is arranged like most other 7 seaters: 2 in the front, 3 in the middle, and 2 in the back (2+3+2). The driver seat of the top variant is equipped with an electronic 8-way power adjustment with 4-way power lumbar support. Finding your right driving position would now be easier.

In terms of safety, the CR-V comes with the following features: Agile Handling Assist (AHA), airbags (driver, passenger, side, and curtain), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), reverse camera, among others.

The top variant is equipped with Honda ‘Sensing’ Technology, which includes safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Low Speed Follow (LSF), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

HCPI is already accepting reservations for the all-new CR-V. The 5-seater gasoline variant is already available nationwide while deliveries for the 7-seater diesel variants will start by end of September 2017.

Prices for the all-new CR-V are as follows: 2.0L CVT (5-seater Gas) – P1,539,000, 1.6L V (7-seater Diesel) – P1,569,000, 1.6L S (7-seater Diesel) – P1,759,000, and 1.6L SX all-wheel drive (7-seater Diesel) – P2,049,000.

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