The 5th generation Honda CR-V is doing road shows and previews in Malaysia, while the bookings officially started from June 1. Malaysians will get the new CR-V with the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo, same unit from the new Civic.
As the 2017 CR-V is based on the same compact global platform as the new Civic, sharing the powertrains is a sensible decision. What is not sensible however, are sharing the same output figures. Which is why the 1.5-litre 4-cylinder VTEC Turbo in the CR-V makes 190 hp and 242 Nm of torque. The 1.5 turbo replaces the old 2.4 i-VTEC from the 4th generation.
The naturally aspirated 156 PS 2.0-litre 4-cylinder is expected to be carried over. Both engines are paired to the Honda’s Earth Dreams CVT box, sending the old 5-Speed AT back home. The 1.5 Turbo variant gets an AWD configuration, while the 2.0 appears to be 2WD/FWD.
Features on offer for the Malaysian market include LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps, keyless entry with push button start, 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and 18-inch alloy wheels. There is ‘Honda Sensing’ feature on offer, which includes forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, low speed follow, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation.
The low speed follow feature works together with the adaptive cruise control, the system starts and stops automatically with the flow of traffic.
On the inside, the international variant gets 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument cluster, 330 Watt 9 speaker audio system and many more. Its yet to be seen if the Malaysians get all these.
The new CR-V is longer and wider than before, which translates into better interior space. The ground clearance is more too, with 208 mm (8.2 in) for the AWD.
Which then brings us to the Indian market. The 2nd generation model became hugely popular among the general public, and the 3rd generation was a hot favourite for the politicians in India before the Fortuner and Innova took over. But that didn’t stop Honda from introducing the 4th generation CR-V in the market. The 5th generation model too is expected to make its way to the Indian market, if not later this year, maybe next year.