The Honda CR-V has an impressive track record in South Africa, having been introduced to the compact SUV segment in the local market more than 20 years ago.To ensure it maintains its reputation and enhances its already solid appeal, the manufacturer is now giving it a subtly altered exterior look.
The range still includes four models, offering two different engine options and different specification levels.The range re-tuning sees changes to the drivetrain and specification of the 1,5T executive.Most notably, the model now offers front-wheel drive while still benefiting from the all-inclusive strategy that Honda is known for.
The upgraded Honda CR-V showcases subtle design changes that give it a more modern look, with altered front and rear bumpers that have been redesigned to enhance the bold and aggressive look.
The front end of the Honda CR-V is still dominated by a wide bar grille framed by curved, slender headlights with integrated daytime running lights.Dual air intakes with a dark mesh finish separate the color-coded bumper.Metal scuff plates accentuate the CR-V.
At the rear, the inverted LED taillight cluster is connected by a chrome trim strip and is located above the tailgate, extending all the way to the level of the bumper.Adding to the sportiness of the 1,5T model are the twin exhaust tailpipes, located in the rear scuff plate.
Contrasting protective cladding on the lower part of the body panels as well as pronounced wheel arch extensions are a set of larger 19-inch alloy wheels on the top-of-the-line 1,5T Exclusive model.
As with previous Honda CR-Vs, one of the main highlights of the interior is the full-color TFT driver information interface, which is located in a dedicated box directly in front of the driver.The display is dominated by a graphic tachometer with a digital speedometer.
Depending on the model, a centrally located 5,0-inch or 7,0-inch display provides easy access to the CR-V’s infotainment system.The center stack also houses controls for the dual-zone climate control system.
The upgraded Honda CR-V has two drivetrain options.First up is Honda’s familiar 2,0-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine.This normally aspirated unit features variable valve timing and programmed fuel injection, and has a maximum power output of 113 kW at 6500 rpm.Peak torque of 189 Nm is available at 4 300 r/min.The engine is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-Shift control logic.The drive is the front wheels.
The second engine option is a 1.5-liter turbo powerplant with programming, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.It provides a maximum power of 140 kW at 5 600 r/min and a maximum torque of 240 Nm between 2 000 and 5 000 r/min.It also works with a CVT transmission.
Like the previous series, the updated Honda CR-V lineup consists of four models with a choice of two engines and four specification levels.All derivatives come with Honda’s latest generation continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Honda 2,0 Comfort, priced at R556 100, is the entry-level model in the range with 235/65 R17 tires.
The interior features cloth upholstery and metal trim, a soft-touch instrument panel with an innovative digital driver information interface, and a host of comfort, safety and convenience features.
There’s also a 5.0-inch full-color display on the instrument panel that serves as an intuitive interface to the CR-V’s infotainment system.It allows setup and control of a four-speaker audio system, as well as hands-free phone calls and music streaming using a Bluetooth connection.
A USB port and AUX input are provided for external sources, and there are two 12V accessory power sockets: one in the dash and the other in the center console box.
Convenience features include dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, rear park distance sensors and power front and rear windows.The exterior mirrors are also electrically adjustable, and an electric parking brake is standard.
The multifunction steering wheel ensures safe access and control of the audio system, cruise control and hands-free phone.The headlights automatically activate when ambient light is poor, while the hazard lights automatically start flashing during hard braking.
Standard active and passive safety features include dual front and side SRS airbags, curtain airbags, all-around three-point inertia reel seat belts and rear ISOFIX child seat anchorage points.Automatic Brake Hold is also part of the package, as are ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HAS) systems.
Security features on the CR-V 2,0 Comfort include a remote central locking with speed-sensing automatic door locking and selective unlocking, and an anti-theft lock with integrated alarm.
The Honda CR-V 2,0 220 Elegance, R617 900, is technically identical to the more affordable Comfort model in terms of drivetrain and exterior execution.However, Elegance offers an enhanced internal feature pack.
Standard leather upholstery adds a touch of luxury to the cabin, while a larger 7.0-inch display audio interface provides easier access to the vehicle’s infotainment features.The latter offers enhanced features, including Apple CarPlay.
The sound system of the Elegance model is equipped with eight speakers.An additional USB connection is provided up front, while rear passengers get a second pair of USB sockets.There is also an HDMI connection.
The front seats offer eight-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat with memory function and four-way power adjustment for the passenger seat.Heated front seats are standard.
Park distance control is available front and rear, while the power mirrors are heated.When reversing, the left exterior mirror tilts down for easy parking.The multifunction steering wheel is trimmed in leather and now features paddle shifters for manual CVT operation.Elegance models also feature auto-sensing windshield wipers.
Priced at R699 900, the Honda CR-V 1,5T 125T Executive has all the main features of the 2,0-liter model, but with 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/60 R18 tires.The headlights feature an all-LED design with matching inverted LED daytime running lights.
The interior features the same leather upholstery, digital driver information interface and 7.0-inch display audio infotainment system as the 220 Elegance.However, it gains auto-leveling for the headlights and a start/stop button, while the remote central locking system includes keyless smart entry.
The flagship model of the new Honda CR-V range is the 125T Exclusive, priced at R796 300.Mechanically, it is identical to the Executive model, combining the same 1,5-liter turbo engine with a CVT transmission.What sets it apart from its smaller sibling, however, are new 19-inch alloy wheels and three-element LED front fog lights.
Inside, the leather upholstery and metal trim as well as the sense of space and user-friendly ergonomics are retained, thanks to the TFT-based digital driver information interface.
A major advantage offered by the Exclusive model is the integrated satellite navigation system, which is integrated into the Display Audio system and provides full-color maps and turn-by-turn directions.This further enhances the comprehensive infotainment package offered on the latest CR-V.
Another standout feature is the power tailgate with programmable opening height.Tire pressure monitoring is another useful feature that provides early and immediate warning of tire pressure loss.
According to its top-tier status, the 1,5T Exclusive comes with Honda’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) – a comprehensive suite of active systems designed to help CR-V drivers navigate dangerous driving conditions safely.
Collectively known as Honda Sensing, these include Collision Avoidance Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive with Low Speed Following (LSF) Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).
The Exclusive model also gets 19-inch alloy wheels, while retaining the panoramic sunroof and AWD to differentiate it from the Executive model.
The range is backed by a five-year/200,000km warranty and a five-year/90,000km service plan.Also includes a three-year AA Road Aid package.Service intervals are set at 15,000 km for the 2.0-litre model and 10,000 km for the 1.5-litre turbo model.
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Post time: Jan-14-2022