Honda Australia will launch an all-new version of its hot-selling CRV later this year and the newcomer has appeared in the UK where it is slated for launch in October.
Honda will manufacture the CRV for British at its plant in Swindon while Australian versions will come from its plant in Thailand.
In the UK, the all-new Honda CRV will be powered by a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines with petrol versions available in both two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. Both are more fuel-efficient and the 2.0-litre petrol gains some extra grunt with 114Nm/192Nm on-tap – although local versions will likely enjoy the improved 2.4-litre engine fitted to Honda CRV in North America.
Honda says the all-new CRV is 5mm shorter and 30mm lower than the current model but still delivers the same interior space and actually provides increased luggage capacity (589-litres with the rear seat in place and 1648mm when folded). The load length is up by 140mm to 1570mm – enough for two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs they reckon.
As you can see from the pics, the all-new Honda CRV has gained some muscle and enhanced aerodynamics but is an evolution of the current design – the hallmark vertical rear lights remain but adopt a new 3D look with LED lights. The bolder front-end shown here is the European specification which includes LED DRLs and a unique front bumper.
Aero enhancements go more than skin deep – a flat underfloor and sculptured wheelarches also contributing to a 6.5 per-cent improvement in drag co-efficient as well as redcued NVH.
Inside the new Honda CRV presents an airy feel with new fabrics and a new multi-layer horizontal layout for the dashboard. A new five-inch multi-function screen manages the audio, telephone and navigation systems.
As well, smarter design has contributed to more space between front seat passengers while those in the rear will enjoy greater width between their hips.
British version of the Honda CRV will debut Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist and Collision Mitigation Braking.
Honda Australia will launch the all-new CRV locally late this year. Expect the two-wheel-drive model to undercut the current $28,090 starting price.