Honda Cars Philippines has updated the CR-V, but instead of just slapping on a new set of headlights and a flashy grille, the Japanese carmaker has chosen to infuse it with a lot of new tech features that will undoubtedly keep people interested in the compact crossover.
Easily discernible is the updated front fascia with the new bumper garnish, prominent front grille, and headlights accentuated by LED daytime running lights. A new rear-bumper garnish, chrome rear accent, and 17-inch wheels complete the exterior upgrades.
While the CR-V retains the same 2.0- and 2.4-liter i-VTEC engines and five-speed auto and six-speed manual transmissions, an additional feature to the updated model is the paddle-shift technology that "delivers the superb driving convenience of a manual transmission."
Inside, the updated CR-V has two colored screens "that enhance the overall user experience": the intelligent multi-information display that shows information such as fuel consumption, and Honda's intuitive seven-inch touchscreen display audio (this time coupled with a built-in navigation system). The CR-V's infotainment system also functions effortlessly via hands-free telephony and audio streaming thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, the display on both screens can be controlled via the steering-wheel-mounted controls. Lastly, the CR-V is equipped with two USB ports and an HDMI port to take full advantage of the display screen.
The biggest update to the new CR-V, however, is Honda's exclusive LaneWatch technology, which utilizes a small camera located underneath the passenger-side mirror. The system works by projecting a live display on the screen, of what the camera captures to the right and slightly behind the car as the driver signals a right turn, thereby eliminating blind spots.
Complementing this safety system are the CR-V's multi-view reverse camera that's capable of displaying images in three views (normal, wide and top down) with dynamic guidelines; emergency stop signal that automatically flashes the brake and hazard lights when it senses an emergency stop normally during heavy braking situations; vehicle stability assist; and hill start assist.
"We are confident that the new CR-V will meet the demands of the discerning customers who are looking for a smart SUV that will help make life’s adventure different and exciting," said HCPI president and general manager Toshio Kuwahara. "The new CR-V is developed to fit customers with various needs, especially now that it will be available with different variants to choose from, and has more features to enjoy."
The updated Honda CR-V is now available with the following introductory prices:
* 2.0 V MT - P1.313 million
* 2.0 V AT - P1.353 million
* 2.0 S AT - P1.483 million
* 2.4 SX AT - P1.673 million
Do the new features, the new design and the pricing make the CR-V more attractive to you?