Yesterday, Honda Malaysia pulled the covers off the all-new fifth generation CR-V, an SUV in our opinion, will be the only car you’ll ever need for the next five years. Don’t believe us? Read on to find out why.
The new CR-V is Honda’s best-looking CR-V to date. Dimensions in comparison with the predecessor will see bold and wider shoulders increased 35 mm, an increased wheelbase of 40 mm to 2660 mm, slightly 4 mm taller at 1689 mm but has been reduced in length by 6 mm. In terms of interior spaciousness, although the rear legroom is better with 90 mm more space, Honda has yet been able to increase cargo space to an additional 250 mm, bringing the total to 1,084-litres.
Exterior and Interior Features
Standard features on all variants include steering wheel Paddle Shifters, Cruise Control, Dual Zone Air Conditioning with Rear Ventilation, an 8-way driver and 4-way passenger powered seats, Daytime Running and Front Fog Lights, 7-inch Display Audio with 8-speakers, Hands-Free Telephone with Voice Recognition, and an interesting Multi-function Centre Console that can accommodate a small to medium sized ladies handbag.
1.5-turbo variants get the additional Apple Carplay and Android Auto Connectivity, while the 4WD variant gets a Torque Distribution Monitor on the Dashboard Display and furthermore a Programmable Power Tailgate reserved only for the top spec Premium model.
The monocular camera that is part of the Honda Sensing active safety feature is located on top, between the windshield and rear view mirror, while the radar wave unit is located at the grille of the car.
What makes the new CR-V stand out from all other SUV’s in the local market is the inclusion of the brand’s Honda Sensing – a host of advanced safety technologies available to the local market in a vehicle under RM 170,000.
The 7 features that come with Honda Sensing is as follows:
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
FCW uses the monocular camera located on the top of the windshield to detect vehicles ahead and determine whether a collision is likely. If the FCW system detects a vehicle in front and determines that a collision may happen, it will trigger visual and audible alerts for the driver to apply the brakes. Should the driver not respond to the FCW alerts, the Collision Mitigation Braking System comes into operation.
CMBS is an automatic braking system that uses a millimetre wave radar unit on the front grille, and the monocular camera to scan for traffic conditions ahead. When the system realises that a collision is imminent, CMBS will first apply light braking to reduce the force of the accident and stronger braking should it be necessary. It is good to note that CMBS not only applies to vehicles but also pedestrians as well.
Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
LKAS uses the camera within the CR-V and the Electric Power Steering to assist the driver in maintaining their vehicle within the lane. The camera identifies the painted lanes and will generate corrective steering torque to assist the driver, should the system sense that the driver is drifting from the middle of a lane.
Similar with LKAS, Lane Departure Warning is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving the lane without the turn signal switched to the appropriate side. The system uses the same monocular camera to detect the road painted lanes and provides visual and vibration alerts on the steering should the vehicle move out of a lane without using the turn signal.
Lastly, working in tandem with LKAS and LDW, Road Departure Mitigation is the last side collision deterrence system that not only uses steering force to stay in the lane, but Vehicle Stability Assist and braking assist to keep the vehicle from departing a lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
ACC is quite common in vehicles of today, which allows the driver to set a distance from the vehicle ahead, in addition to setting the desired cruising speed. The systems radars and camera continuously detects the vehicle distance ahead and will autonomously brake the CR-V when necessary.
Together with ACC, the integrated Low-Speed Follow extends the system by its capability to follow the vehicle ahead during stop and go traffic conditions from a standstill.
Safety and Convenience
You’ll be thrilled to know that the new CR-V has scored a full five stars for the Asean-NCAP rating. Together with the necessary safety of 6-Airbags, Hill Start Assist with Auto Brake Hold, Emergency Stop Signal, Vehicle Stability Assist, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Isofix and Electric Parking Brake. Honda’s latest offering also includes the convenience of Lanewatch (Honda’s version of Blind Spot Information System), Active Cornering Lights, Agile Handling Assist and Walk Away Auto Lock. Best of all, you’ll be happy to know most of these systems are standard across all variants, save for the Lanewatch only in the top spec 1.5-turbo Premium variant.
|Honda CR-V||2.0 (2WD)||1.5 TC (2WD), 1.5 TC (4WD), 1.5 TC-P (2WD)|
|Power||152 hp||190 hp|
|Torque||189Nm at 4,300 rpm||243Nm at 2,000 to 5,000 rpm|
|Engine Capacity||2.0-litre 4 cyl SOHC i-VTEC||1.5-litre 4 cyl DOHC VTEC Turbo|
|Transmission||Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)||Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)|
|Acceleration 0 - 100km/h||11.3-seconds||8.8-seconds (2WD), 9.2-seconds (4WD)|
|Price (w/o insurance)||RM 142,400||RM 155,700 (TC 2WD), RM 161,600 (TC 4WD), RM 167,700 (TC-P 2WD)|
Here’s what we’re sure of. With Honda’s introduction of the all-new CR-V, the new advanced safety technologies that come with Honda Sensing makes them the only manufacturer to provide such systems on a full-fledged featured vehicle under RM 170,000. In fact, we believe that the CR-V will remain to be the most feature packed SUV for its price for the next few years. What do you think? Share with us your opinions in the comments!
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