The 2017 Honda CR-V is making its preview rounds across Malaysia, with the latest stop in Kota Kinabalu featuring the 1.5 VTEC Turbo AWD variant of the upcoming fifth-generation model. We’ve previously seen the 2.0 i-VTEC 2WD model in Penang last weekend.

This silver show car features full LED headlights, LED fog lamps and LED tail lights as seen on the 2.0L 2WD model, but the 1.5 Turbo AWD variant does add on 18-inch dual-tone alloys and dual tailpipes. Lanewatch and Honda Sensing are still missing on this model – no monocular camera at the top of the windscreen or millimetre wave radar in the grille.

As such, it looks like there will be a higher spec variant above this one – a 1.5 VTEC Turbo AWD Premium, perhaps, following the Civic range. The Honda Sensing active safety suite will 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).

The turbocharged variant uses a 1.5 litre direct injection turbocharged engine with 193 PS and 243 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, while the base model retains the same naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre motor with 155 PS and 190 Nm. Both models get Honda’s Earth Dreams CVT transmission, putting the old five-speed auto into retirement.

Measuring 4,584 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,679 mm (AWD 1,689 mm) tall, the new CR-V is 55 mm longer, 35 mm wider and 6 mm lower than before. It also has a higher ground clearance of 199 mm (209 mm for AWD), compared to 170 mm in the outgoing model.

It appears Honda Malaysia has opted for the five-seat version of the CR-V only, though our neighbouring markets (Thailand and Indonesia) get a third-row seat option to make it a 5+2. Max cargo load capacity with the second row folded flat (one-touch operation) is 1,084 litres.

All variants now get six airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard. Also available across the board are goodies such as keyless entry and push-button start and a reverse camera. We will know more soon, so stay tuned to paultan.org.

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo AWD in Malaysia


GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 2.0L 2WD in Malaysia