The all-new 5th-generation Honda CR-V officially went on sale locally earlier this week, ending a long anticipated journey from the SUV’s initial unveil in North America to Aussie showrooms. That’s also driven by just how different the new version is, with a new design, new turbocharged engine, and the option to have 7 seats.
As we’ve detailed before, the CR-V’s list price start from $30,690 for the base model, which comes as standard LED daytime running lights, keyless entry, a reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, 8-speaker audio system, a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and 17-inch alloys.
Each variant of the all-new CR-V - comprising of the VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, and VTi-LX - will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder VTEC Turbo petrol engine. It’s essentially the same L15 motor that’s found in the new Civic, but uprated to produce 140kW and 240Nm.
This sole turbo-petrol engine is, just like the Civic, mated to Honda’s Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT) that, in theory, should be a better real-world pair given the slightly different needs of a typical SUV buyer. However, the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are only made available in the top-spec VTi-LX.
As a refresh, here’s the pricing breakdown for the 2018 Honda CR-V:
- CR-V VTi - 5 Seats - 2WD - $30,690
- CR-V VTi-S - 5 Seats - 2WD - $33,290
- CR-V VTi-S - 5 Seats - AWD - $35,490
- CR-V VTi-L - 7 Seats - 2WD - $38,990
- CR-V VTi-LX - 5 Seats - AWD - $44,290
As you move up the tiers, naturally, more features and higher-quality trim are gradually included in the list of specifications. Notable examples of these include satellite navigation, and a powered tailgate (VTi-S), a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstered seats, and rain sensing wipers (VTi-L).
The Honda Sensing suite, a collection of the marques active safety and driver assist features, only shows up - again - on the VTi-LX. It’s a shame, as we suspect Honda could move lower grade variants should they make the Sensing suite available across multiple variants as an optional extra. We’ve listed individual features according tier back in May, here.
In tandem with the CR-V’s local showroom debut, Honda Australia has released couple of bucket’s worth of photos for our enjoyment (and scrutiny), which we’ve organised based on variant here.