Honda Malaysia (HM) officially introduced the 2017 Honda CR-V yesterday, and we have four variants of the fifth-generation SUV – one base 2.0 NA and three with the 1.5 litre turbo engine. The Melaka-assembled range is as follows: CR-V 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD, CR-V 1.5L Turbo 2WD, CR-V 1.5L Turbo 4WD and the top CR-V 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD with the Honda Sensing active safety pack.

All the turbo variants are equipped with a 1.5 litre turbocharged VTEC engine. It’s as seen in the Civic, but with output bumped to 193 PS and 243 Nm, 20 PS and 23 Nm more than in the sedan. The base model continues with the R20 naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre i-VTEC motor with 154 PS and 189 Nm. All CR-Vs now get a CVT transmission, which replaces the previous five-speed auto.

Measuring 4,584 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,689 mm tall, the new CR-V is six mm shorter but 35 mm wider and four mm higher than the previous-gen, while the wheelbase has seen an increase of 40 mm, now measuring 2,660 mm.

HM elected to only bring in the five-seat version, and the new car offers best-in-class space, with interior volume bumped up to around the 4,100 litre mark, roughly around 100 litres more than before. Boot space with the second-row rear seats up is 522 litres, and 1,084 litres with the seats folded flat.

Standard equipment across the entire range includes auto LED headlights and LED DRLs and fog lamps, black combination leather seats, walk-away auto door lock, keyless entry with push-start, paddle shifters, dual-zone air-con, rear AC vents, cruise control, auto dimming rear view mirror, eight-way driver powered seat with lumbar support and four-way passenger powered seat.

All CR-V variants also come equipped with an eight-speaker, seven-inch Advanced Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and hands-free telephone connectivity. There’s also a full colour LCD meter panel.

The 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD we feature in this video comes with auto high beam, active cornering lights and a height-adjustable powered tailgate.

Its Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems use a millimetre wave radar in the grille and a monocular camera positioned at the top of the windscreen to provide Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the last working together with a Low Speed Follow (LSF) function.

Check out our walk-around video above, launch report and first impressions of the car. You can also compare the specifications of all the 2017 Honda CR-V variants on CarBase.my.

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo 2WD

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD with Modulo kit