Honda, the Japanese automaker has officially revealed the much-awaited new generation Honda CRV in Detroit. The 2017 model gets new exterior, interior and engine specifications. Scheduled to be launched in the American market towards the end of this year, the new Honda CRV will also get an 8-seater derivative in 2017-18. The seven-seater model will be launched in the Indian car market by the end of 2017 or early 2018.
Design inspiration for the new generation Honda CRV comes from the new Civic sedan. Upfront is a bold Solid Wing grille that has an automatic shutter grille system to offer lower drag. This new grille has been complemented by sleeker headlamps with integrated wing-shaped LED daytime running lamps.
The flared wheel arches of the SUV have been fitted to 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Top-end variants will get 18-inch alloys shod with all terrain tyres. The company claims that the SUV has been developed on a new platform, which is basically a stretched version of the chassis used to built the new Civic.
At the rear, the SUV has new LED powered taillights that now stretch onto the tailgate. The 2017 Honda CRV also gets a new hands free tailgate. The overall length of the SUV has been increased by 50.8mm, which contributes to its spacious cabin. As a reminder, Honda has already started testing the 7-seater version of the CRV on foreign soil.
Honda claims that the new CRV offers best rear seat legroom in its league. The vehicle also gets better quality materials and improved fit and finish. It comes equipped with a new soft touch instrument panel and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has Garmin navigation. This system is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2017 Honda CRV gets an all-new interior, which is claimed to be more practical than the outgoing model. The gear selector is mounted on the center console, which is also offered in the current model. Talking about features, the SUV has restyled multi- functional steering wheel, a new volume knob and digital instrument cluster.
For the first time, the new Honda CRV gets a turbocharged engine. It is powered by a 1.5- litre DOHC turbocharged engine that also powers the new Honda Civic. This engine is capable of producing 190bhp of power and 243Nm of torque.
The base variants of the SUV will get a 2.4-litre direct-injected i-VTEC engine that churns out a maximum power output of 184bhp and a peak torque of 244Nm. Power will be transmitted to front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission gearbox. The company will also offer an AWD system as an option.
Feature list include auto high beam with high beam suport headlamps, rain-sensing winshield wipers, roof rails and leather seats. Inside, the SUV has remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, rear USB charging ports, electric parking brake, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver's seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way lumbar support and heated front and reear outboard seats.
For passenger safety and security, the new Honda CRV gets Honda sensing inclusion collision mitigation braking (CMBS) along with forward collision warning (FCW), road departure mitigation (RDM) and pedestrian sensing capability.
Other safety features include Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with low- speed follow and lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic monitor, blind spot information and auto high beam headlights.