It was teased in a dealer leaflet just yesterday, and now Honda Malaysia has made it official – the new 2017 Honda CR-V is now open for booking at all showrooms nationwide. The fifth-generation family-friendly SUV will come with a raft of new active safety features, plus a new engine and transmission option.

UPDATE: The 2017 CR-V has been previewed in Malaysia. Live pics and info here.

As was shown previously, the CR-V will be available in Malaysia with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems, making it the first car to be sold here with the package. A millimetre wave radar in the grille works in conjunction with a monocular camera positioned at the top of the windscreen to provide seven new active safety features.

These include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop-and-go Low Speed Follow (LSF), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

While we’re still on the topic of safety, all models now get six airbags, up from four on the outgoing 2.0 2WD and 4WD variants (the range-topping 2.4 4WD model has six); as before, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is standard across the range. Also standard fit on the new CR-V are keyless entry, push-button start and a reverse camera, while the list of available kit includes LED head- and tail lights and two-tone alloy wheels.

Another new addition is the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine from the Civic, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The mill has been uprated to produce 193 PS at 5,600 rpm and 243 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, 20 PS and 23 Nm more than in the sedan.

There should also be an entry-level naturally-aspirated option on offer as well, likely the 155 PS/190 Nm R20 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine found in Indonesia – also fitted with a CVT. As before, both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants will be available, with the range-topping turbo model likely to be AWD-only.

Measuring 4,584 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,679 mm (4WD 1,689 mm) tall, the new CR-V is 55 mm longer, 35 mm wider and 6 mm lower than before, in order to provide for a seven-seater option. However, Honda Malaysia makes no mention of such an option, so it remains to be seen if the company will invade a section of the market currently dominated by the Nissan X-Trail.

Prospective customers will be able to view the new CR-V at roadshows, starting at Gurney Paragon, Penang on June 4. The SUV will then be at Mid Valley from June 7 to 11, Imago Mall in Kota Kinabalu on June 11, AEON Tebrau City in Johor Bahru from June 16 to 18 and Plaza Merdeka in Kuching on June 18.


GALLERY: Indonesian-spec Honda CR-V 1.5 Turbo Prestige at IIMS 2017
GALLERY: Indonesian-spec Honda CR-V 2.0 at IIMS 2017