With bookings for the 2017 Honda CR-V now open, Honda Malaysia recently invited members of the media to sample the fifth-generation SUV alongside the soon-to-be outgoing fourth-generation model. Thankfully, this provides us with the perfect opportunity to compare both generations of the CR-V to see what has changed.

For some clarity, the 2017 CR-V (in silver) is the 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD variant, which is one of four likely options that will be offered in Malaysia at launch. As for the fourth-generation model (in white), well that is the range-topping CR-V 2.4 4WD i-VTEC, which is familiar to all.

From the front, the new CR-V appears to have a wider stance than before, which is accentuated by more prominent wheel arches. The new face also features LED headlights, a larger chrome bar across the upper grille and LED fog light arrays. Also note the monocular camera, which is integral to the first-in-Malaysia Honda Sensing suite of safety systems.

While both CR-Vs appear to retain a similar profile when viewed from the side, the window line on the newer model sports a slight kink near the D-pillar. Shuriken-style, 18-inch wheels are also new here, as is the chrome trim piece near the sills.

The rear is where the differences are even more obvious, with the new CR-V’s vertical taillights now extending towards the centre of the tailgate, beneath the straightened chrome trim piece. The tailgate also gets a redesign here, which sees the hatch release button, number plate and reverse camera being positioned lower. Proceed further down, and you’ll see the dual exhaust setup that is unique to Turbo variants.

Under the hood, the turbocharged CR-V uses a 1.5 litre direct injection turbocharged engine with 190 hp and 243 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, paired with an Earth Dreams CVT. By comparison, the 2.4 litre powerplant in the previous CR-V makes 187 hp at 7,000 rpm and 222 Nm at 4,400 rpm, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

As with the previous generation CR-V, the new one will be a five-seater only (Indonesia market gets a seven seat option), with Honda Malaysia revealing that buyers in the target market preferred space and features to extra seats, when surveyed. Unfortunately, we aren’t allowed to publish interior photos of the new CR-V due to a strict embargo placed upon the preview, but stay tuned to paultan.org for further updates

2017 Honda CR-V 1.5L VTEC Turbo 2WD (fifth-generation)
Honda CR-V 2.4 4WD i-VTEC (fourth-generation)