Sometimes, the best approach to sprucing up a car is by adopting a ‘less is more’ approach, and mixing things up as little as possible. If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? Proof of this is the Japanese market’s Honda CR-V Black Edition, which is arguably the nameplate’s sleekest iteration yet.
Now, Black Edition doesn’t just mean you can get the car in black. The CR-V is available in that shade in many, if not all, markets, including right here in the Philippines, and the variant is available in a ‘Platinum White Pearl’ finish as well. What helps the Black Edition stand out is the extent of the color’s use, with parts of the face, the door trim, and 18-inch aluminum wheels finished in black or ‘Dark Chrome.’
The interior, meanwhile, goes for a similar dark look with exclusive black leather seats with ‘Black Edition’ embroidery, dark faux-wood trim, and a new piano black trim on the steering wheel. This is without a doubt the CR-V interior’s stealthiest look yet.
No performance upgrades here. The CR-V Black Edition comes packing either a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine capable of 187hp and 240Nm of torque or a hybrid setup with a pair of electric motors. The latter gets AWD and is the top-spec unit in Japan’s CR-V lineup carrying a price tag of ¥4,558,400 (over P2.1 million).
Frankly, we think the price is worth it—more so when you take into account the local range-topper costs about the same without the visual enhancements or hybrid system. What do you think of the CR-V Black Edition’s package?