This SUV has been a favorite of Australian families for years, and now the Japanese brand has unveiled a much-needed update.
Hondathe family SUV is about to get a modern look.
The Japanese brand has lifted its new CR-V in the US, showcasing the stylish looks and hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 competing against the economical hybrid version.
It borrowed its styling from the new Civic compact car, with its mesh grille and subtle body creases. Sporty alloy wheels, dynamic L-shaped LED headlights and a muscular, boxy silhouette make this SUV an eye-catcher.
The new CR-V is wider and longer than the current version, with a longer wheelbase – the distance between the front and rear axles – making for a more spacious cabin.
In the US, the CR-V will launch with a ported 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 142kW and 243Nm, a marginal increase of 2kW and 3Nm. over the current version. The engine is mated to a CVT automatic transmission.
The hybrid version combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors with a combined output of 152kW and 335Nm, which should make for quick work.
There will be a choice of front or all-wheel drive across the gamut.
Honda hasn’t released official fuel consumption figures for the CR-V, but the hybrid is expected to get around 6L/100km and the turbocharged version 8L/100km.
The US version includes a wide range of safety technologies, backed by a host of infotainment features.
The CR-V will be launched at the end of the year or early 2023 in America, but Australians shouldn’t expect it in showrooms until the end of next year.
There’s a good chance that Honda Australia will only introduce the most expensive, fully loaded examples, as it did with the new Civic subcompact car and the HR-V compact SUV.
The Civic is only available in one VTi-LX trim, priced at $47,200.. It’s jam-packed with equipment and is an outstanding car, but its entry point is far north of the competition.
Prices for the petrol version of the Vi X start at $36,700, up $5,000 from the previous entry-level version.
Honda justified this by adding more standard equipment.
The hybrid e:HEV L costs $45,000.
Honda has moved to an agency sales model, which means prices are non-negotiable.
The head office now owns the entire fleet and sets the prices, while the dealers simply deliver the cars and service them.
Originally published as In the United States showed a new crossover Honda CR-V.