The all-new 2017 Honda CR-V is currently on display at the Gurney Paragon mall in Penang, so we took a quick drive up to get a first look at the soon-to-be-launched SUV. It’s still a preview – the doors are locked, with the windows blacked out, so it’s just the exterior on display here.

This particular unit looks to be a high-spec 2.0 litre model instead of the top-of-the-range 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo variant – as indicated by the single downturned exhaust pipe; the turbo will get twin chrome tips. The final specs have not been released just yet, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for full details, including the all-important prices.

Honda Malaysia has announced that the new 1.5 litre turbocharged engine makes 193 PS and 243 Nm of torque – a healthy bump compared to both the latest Civic 1.5 Turbo and the outgoing CR-V 2.4. The base 2.0 litre is expected to carry over the same 155 PS/190 Nm mill as before. Both engines get Honda’s Earth Dreams CVT gearbox.

Variant details and breakdown has not been released just yet, but expect to see multiple 2.0 litre models and a range-topping 1.5L VTEC Turbo 4WD. As expected, we will miss out on the turbodiesel version (with a nine-speed automatic) available in Thailand. No word of a seven-seat option either – the Malaysian line-up appears to be five seaters only.

The top Malaysian model will get larger 18-inch wheels (17s on this car) and the full Honda Sensing active safety suite. The latter includes 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).

Do watch the video above to get a better look at the new SUV. Stay tuned to paultan.org for more on the fifth-generation Honda CR-V.

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 2.0L 4WD previewed in Malaysia