Published on October 14th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Say Hello to the 5th Generation Honda CR-V
Honda has pulled the wraps off the all-new, fifth-generation Honda CR-V in the U.S. The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V boasts bold new styling, a more premium interior, the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine and a host of new features and technologies aimed at maintaining CR-V’s status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment.
The new Honda CR-V styling heads in a fresh new direction with an aggressive attitude, thanks to crisp and sharp front-end design elements, aggressive stylised headlights surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all trims, and wide, muscular fenders. The long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and dual exhausts give the new CR-V a more sophisticated and athletic presence.
The Honda CR-V’s new windswept front end appearance includes signature Honda LED headlights, a Honda-first Automatic Shutter Grille System that lowers aerodynamic drag, and narrower A-pillars for improved visibility. Adding convenience is a Honda-first available Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate, which allows opening and closing the tailgate with a foot activated sensor under the rear of the vehicle
The 2017 CR-V will feature CR-V’s first-ever turbocharged engine, a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder powerplant rated at 190 horsepower and delivering incredibly refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range. All engines will be mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic.
The all-new body and chassis design in the 2017 CR-V provides more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility.
Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilise specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V’s direct and satisfying steering feel.
The 2017 Honda CR-V also raises the bar for interior refinement, utility and premium features in the compact SUV class. The more spacious cabin, with top-in-class interior space and the best rear seat legroom in its class, features upgraded materials throughout, including a new soft-touch instrument panel and more intricately stitched seats. A colour TFT driver information interface (DII) centre meter display adds to the handsome new design aesthetic.
The Honda CR-V offers the latest in-vehicle connectivity and audio performance with a new generation of advanced technologies. The CR-V’s Display Audio system is compatible with the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ platforms, giving customers seamless integration of key smartphone features and functions, including smartphone-powered GPS navigation and voice-controlled search capabilities.
Some of the key new comfort and convenience features available on the 2017 Honda CR-V include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front and rear outboard seats.