Honda has finally revealed the official images and further information on the new European CR-V, which is set to launch in the UK in coming October. Although the fourth generation CR-V has been designed for global market, but this particular version is made especially for the European market. It has got better in most departments than its predecessors be it the quality, practicality or refinement. Although nothing on the pricing has been announced, but they will be announced soon when the launch comes closer.
Under the hood of the CR-V, there will be either a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine or a 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Both are a development of the engines found in the third generation CR-V but both have been redesigned with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions. “We have placed a key emphasis on applying new technologies to reduce the friction in the engines and improve their efficiency,” explains Nakagawa. Idle-stop technology has also been introduced on all models fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.
For the first time, the CR-V will be available with a choice of both two and four-wheel drive option Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the new model takes on a more assertive and aerodynamic stance with a bolder nose section. The front bumper is joined by a horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights. The lower front bumper is designed to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle. The CR-V’s signature vertical rear brake lights, which debuted on the original model, remain but introduce a more three-dimensional style. The CR-V’s large wheels and bold wheel arches further emphasise its dynamic presence and capability.
• Reduced height and length without compromising interior space
• Increased luggage space
Exterior Designer Manabu Konaka explains: “The CR-V has always been a car for every occasion. It can be both casual and formal, but the appearance must always convey solidity and reliability.” The length and height of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space.
With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a capacious 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.
Interior Design- Quality and Functionality
• High quality finish
• Improved NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness)
• Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design
• One motion, easy fold-down seats
“The first thing that we wanted to achieve with the interior design was a feeling of openness,” says the Interior Designer, Takehiro Ishibashi. Speaking more on the fascia design Nakagawa added, “There are a number of horizontal layers which help emphasise the feeling of space,” says. “We call this ‘lean-layered’ design. By arranging the major functions in a series of layers, you create an ergonomically-efficient environment that is very intuitive.” “This is a feature of which I am particularly proud,” says Ishibashi. “It will make a big difference to how our customers use their CR-V.”, he further adds.
• Improved aerodynamics
• Choice of 2.0 i-VTEC and 2.2 i-DTEC engines at launch
• 2.0 i-VTEC engine available with choice of two- or four-wheel drive
• 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with current model
• Eco Assist and ECON Mode as standard
• Idle-stop technology as standard on manual transmissions
The power output of the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine has risen from 150PS to 155PS*, while the torque has increased by 2Nm to 192Nm*. Despite this increase in performance, CO2 emissions have fallen from 192g/km to 174g/km* for the manual version, and from 195g/km to 176g/km* for the automatic. The other additional features might include Ride Comfort, Handling and Active Safety, Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system (MA-EPS), Real Time all-wheel drive with Intelligent Control System, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC), Advanced Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision, Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which are new to the CR-V.