After having its first debut in the United States and just recently in Japan, the updated 2021 Honda CR-V is now nearing towards our shores with it debuting in Thailand. The compact crossover is set to make its first public appearance at the 2020 Bangkok Motor Show.
Changes are quite noticeable on the outside, you get a new angular front bumper accentuated with chrome trim finishes for that added elegance. The headlight design remains the same, however, its front LED turn signals now illuminate sequentially. The back, on the other hand, also sports a revised bumper that has a pair of newly shaped reflectors coupled with a newly laid out satin silver trim.
As for the side profile, everything remains the same, from the familiar body lines to the black plastic cladding that is treated with an extensive chrome strip. This refreshed version also gets a new set of machine-finished 18-inch alloy wheels, now with a sportier design.
Inside, you’ll find a familiar cabin which happens to be the same with the pre-update version of the CR-V. Although, you do get new features such as wireless phone charger and a hands-free power liftgate which should be available on higher variants. As for practicality points, the center storage layout has been revised for better flexibility. Also, Thai buyers can opt between a 7-seat or 5-seat configuration.
For the Thai market, the updated Honda CR-V has two engine options. There’s a 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC gasoline motor that produces 173 hp and 224 Nm of torque, and it is then paired with a CVT. On the other hand, the Thai market still gets the more powerful version of the 1.6-liter DOHC i-DTEC diesel, that can churn out 160 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Notably, the diesel can only be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Also retained is the Honda Sensing package on this refreshed version which is set to be made available on the top trim. The following advanced driver-assist systems include lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, and more.
With Thailand being the home of most Honda products being sold in the Philippines, this might just be the CR-V we will get. Now, all we need to know is when will this baby reach our shores?
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