Originally introduced in 1995, and with sales of over five million units worldwide, Honda prepare to release their fourth CR-V SUV this coming October. The overall concept from designers was to create more space and better efficiency for the consumer.
There will be a 2.0 i-VTEC petrol and a 2.2 i-DTEC diesel available, with a two or four-wheel drive option. Both engines will be based around the 3rd generation models and have been re-designed with a focused reduction on emissions. The 2.2 i-DTEC diesel remains at 150bhp but the fuel emissions have been reduced by 10% to 153g/km, whilst the diesel automatic sees a reduction to 175/km. The 2.0 i-VTEC petrol has had an increase of power to 155bhp but still has reduced emissions of 174g/km and 176g/km for the automatic. Also adding to this engine efficiency is idle-stop technology on all manual transmissions.
As far as exterior looks go, the CRV has been modelled to look more aerodynamic, with its front bumpers joined by a three-bar grille and deep set headlights. The signature bumper seen on previous versions has stayed the same but with a more three-dimensional edge, complimenting the large wheel arches and dominating wheels. The aerodynamic modifications have given a 6.5% drag reduction to the vehicle, improving the cars efficiency even further.
Honda has reduced unwanted noise up to 3db by installing specialised material throughout the cabin. This makes a significant difference when you’re trying to get back seat passengers to fall asleep!
The length and height of the car has been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively, with the interior not seeing any loss at all. In fact, it has actually gained space! The boot capacity of 589 litres is more than adequate, but with the seats folded down we have an impressive 1648 litres of additional space – an increase of 148! The loading lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to handle heavy or awkward items. Putting it in perspective, you will have enough room to easily load two mountain bikes or four golfing bags!
As well as the major re-designs to fulfil, Hondas main objectives are to improve driver satisfaction. This will include: 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.
I normally tend to steer clear of writing technical articles but Honda has added so many positives into this new generation CR-V, I thought everything deserved a mention.
If you are looking for an SUV lease or purchase, this CR-V would certainly be worth considering.
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