Longer and more contemporary than the outgoing CR-V.
American Honda Motor Company revealed the fifth generation Honda CR-V yesterday in Detroit, which will go on sale in North America before the end of this year. Here's a brief pictorial comparison between the 2017 Honda CR-V and the outgoing model.
The exterior of the new CR-V look more contemporary, although the basic lines are intact. It features a new Solid Wing grille with active ducts, sleeker headlamps with LED power (Touring only), new bumper with more black-plastic treatment for a tougher look, and new alloy rims available in 17- and 18-inch sizes.
The rear-end gets a bolder pair of taillamps and a Honda-first hands-free tailgate. Also noticeable is the longer wheelbase of the new CR-V. It has been extended by two inches (50.8 mm), which has helped increase interior space and rear-seat legroom to best-in-class figures, Honda claims.
Like the exterior, the interior is not as revolutionary as we expected, but is claimed to be more premium and practical than the outgoing model. With the removal of the second display on the upper dashboard and a slight dashboard redesign, it does look simpler than the outgoing model.
Features like the redesigned multi-function steering wheel, new wood trim across the dashboard, digital instrument cluster, a physical volume knob that replaces the touch slider and a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, give a new look to the dashboard.
Engine and Gearbox:
The CR-V is the Honda's first international-spec SUV to feature a turbocharged engine (excluding the China-spec Avancier). The engine in question is the 1.5L DOHC turbo engine from the Honda Civic, which produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of peak torque.
For lower variants, Honda has retained the 2.4L direct-injected i-VTEC engine good for 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are equipped with a CVT, while an AWD is available as an option.