The All-New 2017 Honda CR-V.
Honda’s readies its all-new 2017 CR-V to lead the Compact SUV Segment
The compact SUV segment is said to be the hot-cake segment of the auto industry. no matter which region of the world you belong to, from the United States of America to wider Europe and here in the Middle East, this segment is at logger’s head with its own midsize sedan pack.
From the beginning of the 2000s, the Korean automakers have up the ante to raise the competition. And then thanks to platform sharing technology, it has become a lot easier for automakers to make the different type of cars from the same platform.
Honda, since the start, has kept a strong grip on this segment with its highly popular CR-V compact SUV. An estimated 4 million CR-V found the American garages since its US launch in 1997.
Honda has now unveiled the all-new, fifth-generation CR-V. Surprisingly, Honda was more than involved in refreshing the fourth generation model on the year-on-year basis, which was introduced in 2012. Hence this 4 and half years of production cycle could be shortest seen the recent times.
LED leads the Styling
The new CR-V styling heads in a fresh new direction with an aggressive attitude. Crisp front-end design elements, dynamic headlights surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all trims, and wide, muscular fenders. The long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and dual exhausts give the new CR-V a more sophisticated and athletic presence.
The 2017 CR-V’s has a windswept front end appearance and a Honda-first Active Shutter Grille that lowers aerodynamic drag, updated aluminum alloy wheels (sizes 17 to 18 inches depending on trim) and narrower A-pillars for improved visibility. Adding convenience is a Honda-first available Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate, which allows opening and closing the tailgate with a foot activated sensor under the rear of the vehicle. Available Auto High Beam with High Beam Support (HSS) headlights, chrome garnishes, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails and numerous Genuine Honda Accessories will also available to also expand appearance, convenience, and functionality.
The Turbo Engine
Facing stiff competition from Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail and the Korean twins Hyundai Tuscon and Kia’s Sportage, the 2017 CR-V in EX and higher trims will feature CR-V’s first-ever turbocharged engine, a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder powerplant rated at 190 horsepower. Honda promises that this 1.5l turbo will not only be refined but at the same time, it will be highly efficient across the full operating range. Thanks to the CR-V’s more aerodynamic body, the new turbocharged powerplant will return the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in the compact SUV class. CR-V LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine, and both engines will be mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. Detailed specifications, including EPA ratings, will be provided closer to launch.
The all-new body and chassis design in the 2017 CR-V provide more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilize specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V’s direct and satisfying steering feel.
The Premium Cabin
The 2017 CR-V also raises the bar for interior refinement, utility and premium features in the compact SUV class. The more spacious cabin, with top-in-class interior space and the best rear seat legroom in its class, features upgraded materials throughout, including a new soft-touch instrument panel and more intricately stitched seats. A color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display adds to the handsome new design aesthetic.
The CR-V offers the latest in-vehicle connectivity and audio performance with a new generation of advanced technologies. Available features include a 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with an Android operating system that now features a physical volume knob as well as an available new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System developed in cooperation with Garmin. The CR-V ‘s Display Audio system is compatible with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms, giving customers seamless integration of key smartphone features and functions, including smartphone-powered GPS navigation and voice-controlled search capabilities.
Some of the key new comfort and convenience features available on the 2017 Honda CR-V include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front seats.
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The refreshed 2015 CR-V debuted the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, The 2017 CR-V further expands the application of Honda Sensing as standard equipment on EX and higher trims, expected to account for upwards of 75 percent of CR-V sales.
Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights.
Utilizing Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the 2017 CR-V targets the highest available collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with Honda Sensing.
The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V, going on sale this winter, boasting bold new styling, a premium interior, the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine and a host of new features and technologies aimed at maintaining CR-V’s status as the outright benchmark in the segment.
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