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Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Honda CR-V 2013 Model Just Launched At RM148,800 OTR

The CR-V now carries a more European flavour in its design. The cabin comes with a high quality finish. Care has also been taken to achieve a significant reduction in the engine and road noise entering the cabin. Sound insulation material has been applied to the floorpan below the passenger compartment, while sound absorption material has been fitted to the rear door, rear wheel-arches, door frames, front bulkhead and bonnet. The doors also now feature a double seal. The net result is a 3dB reduction in cabin noise compared to the current CR-V. The major controls have been further grouped according to their function, with a ‘driver interface zone’ behind the steering wheel and an ‘information interface zone’ in the centre of the cabin.

This high quality ambience is further enhanced by an impressive range of equipment. In the cabin attention focuses on the 5 inch “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID), which controls the audio, telephone and navigation systems (where fitted). Also fitted as standard are Honda’s acclaimed ECON mode which helps to minimise fuel consumption and Eco Assist system which advises drivers on how their driving style is impacting on fuel economy.

In order to emphasise the feeling of space inside, the door casings have been sculpted to create a concave shape. This has also allowed the occupants of the front seats to be moved closer to the sides of the car, making it easier to step in and out. As a consequence, more space has been liberated between the seats for a centre console that houses three cupholders, a storage compartment, an armrest and climate control air vents for the rear seats.

A change in the design of the rear seats has also allowed Honda’s engineers to introduce easy fold-down 60/40 Split Rear Seats, which can be folded flat in one movement. At the pull of a handle, the CR-V can be transformed from a five-seater passenger car into a versatile load-lugger.

With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 147 litres to 1648 litres. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.
The Honda CR-V’s petrol engine uses Honda’s long-established VTEC system, which is able to adjust the lift and opening duration of the valves. The system is complemented by Variable Timing Control (VTC), which monitors the engine load and controls the phasing of the inlet camshaft. These work together to produce a remarkably broad and smooth power band. Based on input from a position sensor located at the rear end of the inlet camshaft, the engine’s ECU varies the inlet camshaft position relative to that of the exhaust camshaft. In this way it can advance and retard the opening of the inlet valves.

During acceleration, VTC is set at a relatively small degree of valve overlap to provide the optimal output, the valve opening angle using the inertia of the intake air. In addition, as engine speed builds, the VTEC mechanism switches from the low speed cam to the high speed cam, but with the same degree of overlap.
At high engine speeds, there is much greater valve overlap, which reduces pumping losses, maximises exhaust gas recirculation, and provides the best balance between fuel consumption and power output.
At idle and low engine speeds during light load conditions, inlet valve opening is retarded for minimal overlap, generating strong swirl and therefore stable combustion.

Looking at the selling price which has changed downwards a little, this CR-V will be Honda Malaysia’s best seller and have many of the competitors scrambling to offer great value added deals to keep their showroom traffic.
4th Generation Honda CR-V 2.0 litre Specifications
Engine: Inline 4, 16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC
Power: 155hp @ 6500rpm
Torque: 190Nm @ 4300rpm
Capacity: 1997cc
Transmission: 5-speed auto
Price: RM148,800.00

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