The new Honda CR-V was launched in Thailand last month at the Bangkok show, and the fifth-generation SUV has now been launched in Indonesia at the 2017 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS). Two engines are available in the Republic, and both are different from the ones available in the Land of Smiles. This should be closer to what we will get in Malaysia.

While the Thai-spec CR-V comes with a 1.6 litre i-DTEC turbodiesel and a 2.4 litre NA petrol engine, Indonesian CR-V buyers get to choose from a 2.0 litre NA petrol engine and a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The VTEC Turbo unit should be one of our engine options in Malaysia when the SUV debuts in CKD form this year.

Here, the blown DOHC four-pot makes 190 PS and 240 Nm of torque delivered between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. That should give it significantly more oomph than the 2.0 litre SOHC NA, which pushes out 154 PS and 189 Nm of twist at 4,300 rpm. That’s more than the 173 PS and 220 Nm from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm in the Civic FC Turbo.

Both engines send power to the front wheels via a CVT automatic with steering paddle shifters. No NSX-style button gear selector like in the Thai diesel model.

Standard across the board are halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, rear LED light bars, 18-inch alloys, cruise control, audio and phone steering buttons, seven-inch touchscreen head unit, rear AC vents, manual AC, reverse camera, fabric seats, electronic parking brake with auto hold, dual airbags, VSA and Hill Start Assist.

While the 2.0L is a five seater, the 1.5L Turbo is a seven-seater with a extra third row of seats. To the above kit, it adds on dual exhaust pipes, interior wood trim, dual-zone auto AC with nanoe air purifier, rear AC system (roof vents with fan speed control) and smart entry with push start.

Also in are a nine-inch touchscreen head unit with navi, multi-angle reverse camera, eight-way driver’s seat electric adjustment with lumbar, leather seats plus a leather wrapped steering and gear knob.

As seen here, the top spec 1.5L Turbo Prestige is differentiated on the outside by its LED headlamps, LED foglamps and “bold” five-spoke rims (still 18-inch items). Also on the top CR-V are a powered tailgate (with height adjustment), panoramic sunroof, four-way electric front passenger seat, and six airbags with the addition of side and curtain airbags. No digital meter panel, though.

The CR-V, a premium SUV here, is priced from 432 million rupiah (RM141,018) for the 2.0L. The 1.5L Turbo starts from 468 million rupiah (RM152,773) while the 1.5L Turbo Prestige with all the bells and whistles is priced at 508 million rupiah (RM165,841).

GALLERY: Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo Prestige


GALLERY: Honda CR-V 2.0L