2017 Honda CR-V

The next big arrival in the midsize SUV segment is the 2017 Honda CR-V, which was first seen in October in the US. One of Honda’s core products, the new CR-V will be introduced across the world over the next year, and Australia is set to get the new model in the third quarter of 2017, CarAdvice.com reports.

Speaking to Honda Australia director Stephen Collins, the report mentions an all-petrol line-up with no diesel option, as oil burner sales are on a decline there.

No mention of it in the US press materials, but the fifth-generation CR-V was said to have been designed to have a seven-seat option; both that and the standard five-seater version will be offered Down Under, the report claims. “We’ll launch all variants at the same time,” Collins said. However, he added that the five-seater will be the big seller.

2017 Honda CR-V

Honda’s Australian arm is expecting the new CR-V to make a splash in a big and still growing segment that’s currently led by the Mazda CX-5 there, following the trend set by the new FC Civic. “We’ll have a very competitive offering with the CR-V. Look at Civic’s previous generation versus the current gen. We’re looking to replicate that success, and broaden the appeal of the car,” Collins said.

Australia, like us a right-hand drive market, is set to get Thai-made CR-Vs in both 2.4 litre naturally aspirated and 1.5 litre turbo forms, with CVT automatic transmissions replacing the current five-speed torque converter units. Buyers can choose between FWD and AWD.

The new CR-V is larger in every direction compared to the outgoing car, which is an example of good packaging. Honda claims more room for all onboard, plus more cargo space. There’s also a new dashboard layout, new drivetrains and an upgraded chassis, which Honda says will provide better handling, refinement, additional ground clearance and overall versatility. Full details and mega gallery of the new CR-V here.

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