Honda South Africa has announced the arrival of the all-new Honda CR-V.
The new model is the fourth generation of Honda's Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), with the first generation having arrived back in 1995.
The new CR-V retains many of the now-familiar traits, such as the black B-pillar, which has been a trademark of the vehicle since its inception. There are, however, a number of technological and other advances that clearly sets the latest generation of the CR-V apart from its forebears.
A two-wheel-drive version, known as the 2.0 Comfort, has been added to the line-up. This is the first time that the CR-V is offered in a two-wheel-drive derivative, though the 2.0 Comfort moniker will be familiar, as it has been in use since the beginning of 2012, when Honda first added a four-wheel-drive version of this petrol-powered model to its line-up.
The length of the vehicle has been reduced by 5mm, and the height by 30mm, yet the new vehicle offers the same amount of interior space as the outgoing model. LED daytime running lights, and LED tail-lights have also been incorporated with the new CR-V. Honda says the cabin is spacious and stylish, and offers a significant reduction in engine and road noise over the previous model.
With the addition of the aforementioned 2.0 Comfort, the CR-V family has grown to six derivatives. The two-wheel-drive 2.0 Comfort represents the entry-level, and is followed by the all-wheel-drive version of the same vehicle. The two-wheel-drive model is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, while the all-wheel-drive has a five-speed automatic. Both variants are powered by the same 1997 cc i-VTEC, 16-valve, in-line 4 cylinder petrol engine, which offers 114kW at 6500rpm, and 192Nm at 4300rpm.
Two more petrol models are offered in the range, namely the 2.4 Elegance and the 2.4 Executive. Both of these models come with five-speed automatic transmissions, and they share the i-VTEC, 16-Valve, in-line, 4 cylinder petrol engine with a cubic capacity of 2354cc. This engine has 140kW available at 7000rpm, and 220Nm at 4300rpm.
The final two models in the new CR-V line-up are both powered by Honda's 2.2 litre i-DTEC common rail turbo diesel engine, which sports four cylinders and 16 valves. The 2.2 Elegance and 2.2 Exclusive are both all-wheel-drive, and are available with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. The i-DTEC engine has 110kW available at 4000rpm, and 350Nm between 2000 and 2750rpm.
The all-new CR-V is available with a choice of four specification levels, depending on the chosen model. The Comfort level offers black fabric seats as standard, while the Elegance, Executive and Exclusive models all have black leather seats. Each specification level offers a mix of comfort features, while the Exclusive specification includes such luxuries as premium audio, electrically adjusted driver seat, electronic lumbar support for driver and front passenger, as well as keyless entry.
2.0 Comfort FWD (petrol): R299 900
2.0 Comfort AWD (petrol): R339 900
2.4 Elegance AWD (petrol): R399 900
2.4 Executive AWD (petrol): R444 900
2.2 Elegance AWD (diesel): R405 900 (manual)
2.2 Elegance AWD (diesel): R418 900 (auto)
2.2 Exclusive AWD (diesel): R486 900 (manual)
2.2 Exclusice AWD (diesel): R499 900 (auto)