It looks like the BR-V won’t be the only SUV option from Honda in the near future. The all-new fifth-generation CR-V has just been announced, and initial impressions are promising. The US media site says it will go on sale in their market by winter, so that means by the end of this year.
The new body looks a little sleeker and a bit more aggressive, with the face sporting layers of design elements. LED daytime running lights are standard across the range—well in the US at least. That handsome face gets the first taste of Honda’s automatic shutter grille system for better aerodynamics, something that used to be the domain of premium models like BMW’s new 5-Series.
A more practical addition is the hands-free access power tailgate, where you wave your foot under the rear bumper and a sensor activates the hatch.
But the really meaty detail is the availability of the CR-V’s first-ever turbocharged engine—a 1.5-liter DOHC in-line four rated at 190hp. It is expected to be very fuel-efficient thanks to the compact SUV’s sexier bodywork. The 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC will still be available, and they will both be mated to a CVT.
Honda says ground clearance and handling have been improved at the same time, which sounds a little contradictory but good news nonetheless.
As expected with a generation change, the cabin has better utility, refinement and luxury. Those who will spend hours stuck in traffic here will be glad to know that the new CR-V has the best legroom in its class, and there’s more interior space overall. There are also upgraded cabin materials and a soft-touch instrument panel to enjoy.
Like the wonderful new Civic, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard for seamless smartphone integration. There are also rear USB charging ports for women always forget to charge their electronic devices.
In keeping with tradition, the fifth-gen CR-V is equipped with more safety features than its predecessor. As part of the Honda Sensing suite, it will have collision mitigation braking with forward collision warning, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. In other words, it looks like the CR-V has been borrowing safety gear from its more upscale brother, the Pilot. Good for us.
"The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every imaginable way, delivering more performance, space and premium content together with higher fuel economy ratings and value than ever before," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V."
We can’t wait to find out for ourselves.