Honda launched the 5th generation CR-V in Malaysia with a set of new features from exterior to interior design, down to the advanced powertrain and safety technology.
The CR-V nameplate has been around since 1995, that's 22 years with 9 million units sold around the world. Now, it has higher ground clearance at 198 mm for the 2WD and 208 mm for the 4WD. The 'solid wing face' and bulkier character lines around the body gives the car an aggressive profile. All lights found in the car comes in an LED package for better night vision. Lastly, the car gets a tailgate spoiler and 2-tone alloy wheels.
Keeping its "Man Maximum, Machine Minimum" design principle, the cabin space for the all-new CR-V is made even bigger. The legroom now has 90 mm more space, while the cargo space is given an extra 250 mm. Seat configuration on the rear is also optimized to hold up to 1,084 liters when folded down, and is now easily accessible with the new programmable power tailgate with controllable height and opening.
For technology, Honda equipped the all-new CR-V with a 7-inch advanced display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Rear passengers now has access to mobile charging as 2 USB ports were added at the back. Comfort-wise, the seats are covered with combi leathers for added class. The driver's seat has 8-way power adjustment system, while the passenger's has 4-way power seat configuration.
While the current Philippine-spec CR-V cages either a 2.0L or 2.4L engine, the Malysian-spec model uses the latest 1.5L lineup of VTEC engines, which are the 1.5L Turbocharged Premium 2WD, 1.5L Turbocharged 2WD, and the 1.5L Turbocharged 4WD. In addition, a 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD naturally-aspirated engine will also be an option. Both engines will be mated to a continuous variable transmission (CVT) under Honda's Earth Dreams Technology.
If you're looking forward to seeing this in the Philippines, well, you know the drill. We have to wait until Honda Philippines lays out details about the all-new CR-V in the local soil. Too bad, though, we've yet to hear any plans of bringing the diesel-powered CR-V in the local soil.
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