2017 Honda CR-V

The 2017 Honda CR-V was certainly of the biggest reveals of the year, and now, the big H has released 100 photos detailing its popular SUV for your viewing pleasure.

First making its debut in the United States, the fifth-generation CR-V is more of everything: bold new looks, larger dimensions, a more premium, spacious and practical interior, as well as an expanded engine line-up.

The first thing that catches your attention are the looks, with Honda opting to proceed with an evolutionary approach that incorporates plenty of interesting new cues. For starters, the restyled front-end features a Honda-first Active Shutter Grille System, as well as new LED headlamps with signature DRLs.

Down the sides, the new CR-V boasts more athletic wheel arches, accompanied by new alloy wheel designs that range from 17 to 18 inches in size. You’ll also notice the upswept D-pillars have been retained here, albeit with a less pronounced kink.

2017 Honda CR-V

As a result, the window near the D-pillar features a different shape compared to before. Furthermore, the vertical taillights are now shorter as well, and they are now LED-type two-piece units, encroaching into the liftgate along the chrome trim piece.

The new looks are likely to mask the SUV’s larger dimensions, where the CR-V now measures 4,587 mm long (+30 mm) and 1,854 mm wide (+35 mm). Keep in mind that the information here refers to the US-spec CR-V, and could differ depending on the market it is sold in.

Moving on, front-wheel drive variants now measure 1,679 mm tall, whereas CR-Vs with all-whell drive are 1,689 mm in height, both a gain of 36 mm. The increased dimensions also allow for a 40 mm gain to the CR-V’s wheelbase, which now measures 2,659 mm.

The longer wheelbase allows for a more spacious cabin, and Honda has the numbers to prove just that. For starters, the US EPA-certified passenger volume space now stands at 2,999 litres, up by 51 litres. Headroom and legroom is also improved here by up to 15 mm for the former, and 53 mm for the latter. As for boot space, that is up as well, recording (up to the roof) 2,146 litres with the seats down (+139 litres).

2017 Honda CR-V

As for the other aspects of the cabin, the dashboard is brand-new, and does away with the second display screen above the head unit. The steering wheel and instrument cluster appear to be carried over from the Civic FC, while the centre stack and console hosts a new gear lever, Eco driving mode button and electronic parking brake (replaces the foot-operated one).

Plenty of kit to fiddle with as well on the high-spec variant, including dual-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power driver’s seat, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), 330-watt premium audio system, keyless operation, powered liftgate and USB charging ports.

In terms of safety and driver assistance features, the CR-V comes with the Honda Sensing suite – Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

This adds upon standard items such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, ABS with EBD and brake assist, multi-angle rearview camera and six airbags. Honda also employed plenty of high-strength steel in the SUV’s construction to increase body structure rigidity as well.

Under the hood, the CR-V is offered with a 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.

Also available is a 1.5 litre turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder DOHC VTC petrol that outputs 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, and can be had as a front- or all-wheel drive.

The NA mill is capable of providing an EPA-certified (city/highway combined) fuel economy of 10.1 l/100 km (FWD) and 10.5 l/100 km (AWD). Meanwhile, the turbo mill will consume just 9.4 l/100 km (FWD) and 9.7 l/100 km (AWD).

All of this rests on an upgraded chassis, which Honda says will provide better handling, refinement, additional ground clearance and overall versatility. The suspension setup here is made up of MacPherson struts at the front, while a multi-link system is found in the rear, coupled with all-round fluid-filled bushings.

Well, those are the features and equipment that will be available for the US-market 2017 Honda CR-V. The only question now is, when will it be our turn, and what will we get?