You’ve probably seen plenty of the 2017 Honda CR-V by now, and if you haven’t, here’s our mega gallery post for your perusal. First making its debut in the United States in October, Honda USA has now released several videos so you can get to know the fifth-generation SUV a little better.
With a friendly face as the host, we are first introduced to the CR-V’s new look that is meant to be “tougher-looking and sophisticated” all at the same time. The US-market CR-V is offered in five variants (in ascending order) – LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.
Available with either two- or all-wheel drive, the CR-V can also be had with a choice of two petrol engines (depending on variant). The first is the familiar 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated direct injection four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine with 184 hp at 6,400 rpm and 244 Nm of torque at 3,900 rpm.
Alternatively, there’s the 1.5 litre turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder DOHC VTC petrol mill from the Civic that has been uprated to provide 190 hp at 5,600 rpm and 243 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm. Both engines are paired with a CVT.
The new CR-V also offers improved handling thanks to a revamped steering system and the introduction of Agile Handling Assist, which provides brake torque vectoring, braking individual wheels to help the SUV pivot through turns. The brakes themselves now get an electric brake booster for better feel and performance.
We also get to see the SUV’s Active Shutter Grille System, a Honda first, in action. For better aerodynamic efficiency, the upper and lower grille shutters are closed, and when more cooling is required, they do the opposite.
At the back, the certain variants of the CR-V come with a powered tailgate, the Touring adds on hands-free operation, allowing you to open it by waving your foot under the rear bumper.
Just like the exterior, there are plenty of features on the inside as well, starting with the very handy centre console. It not only has power outlets for front and rear passengers, but can also be reorganised so that a good-sized women’s handbag fits within it.
Other pieces of equipment that are touched upon include the car’s automatic climate control system, powered seats (with four-way lumbar), infotainment system (with smartphone connectivity) and driver information interface. The latter is similar to the one found in the Civic FC, with a digital display in the instrument cluster that shows a variety of vehicle functions.
Interior space also sees an improvement, thanks to the CR-V’s increased wheelbase of 2,659 mm (40 mm more than before). This not only equates to more legroom for rear passengers, but the boot space has been stretched by a further 229 mm, according to Honda. There’s also two storage setups for the boot to ensure any cargo can accommodated to.
Safety-wise, CR-V has already been awarded the 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, and is projected to receive a five-star NHTSA safety rating. The full Honda Sensing suite is offered on higher-end variants, so automatic braking, lane departure assist, blind spot monitor and adaptive cruise control (with low-speed follow) are fitted.
However, this is just a mere taste of some of the capabilities the fifth-generation CR-V can offer. There’s a total of ten videos released by Honda for your viewing pleasure to make sure you know as much about the SUV as possible. Happy watching, and let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the all-new CR-V in the comments below.