Honda Malaysia launched the all new 5th Generation Honda CR-V on 12 July 2017, debuting an exciting new SUV with class-leading features, stylish exterior and interior, advanced powertrain and advanced safety technology.
Since the CR-V’s global debut in 1995, Honda have racked up sales of over 8.7 million* units sold worldwide. In Malaysia, the CR-V made history by being the first vehicle to roll out of Honda Malaysia’s plant in Melaka in 2003. The CR-V has a total of more than 68,000 units sold locally and sales of the 4th Generation CR-V which was launched in 2013 in Malaysia topped over 30,000 units as of June 2017, making it the best performing SUV in its segment.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Katsuto Hayashi said, “To set a higher benchmark in the segment and exceed customers’ expectations, Honda Malaysia has shifted to focus more on Advanced Technology starting with the introduction of the 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged Civic and New Jazz Sport Hybrid i-DCD. We are very excited to show you the 5th Generation All-New CR-V that is equipped with three key Advanced Technologies, the ‘1.5L VTEC Turbocharged Engine’, ‘Honda SENSING’ and advanced features such as ‘Programmable Power Tailgate’. We believe this focus transition will lead us to make ‘Tomorrow’s Dream, Today’s Reality’. We are also proud to note that Malaysia is the first country in ASEAN that is introducing Honda SENSING, the Next Generation Advanced Safety Technology in the All-New CR-V.”
For the first time in a CR-V model, customers are given three (3) options of turbo variants:
• 1.5L Turbocharged Premium 2WD,
• 1.5L Turbocharged 2WD, and
• 1.5L Turbocharged 4WD
A naturally aspirated 2.0L i-VTEC (2WD) is another option, and both the 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged and 2.0L i-VTEC engines are mated with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology, to provide a balance of driving performance and fuel efficiency. Paddle shift is available in all variants while the 4WD system has been improved to allow greater agility and light linear handling, be it over hilly terrain or paved roads for more dynamic performance.
The 5th Generation All-New CR-V received a major makeover for the exterior, making it bolder and tougher in appearance. There is higher ground clearance at 198 mm (2WD) / 208 mm (4WD) as compared to the 4th Generation CR-V’s clearance of 170 mm. The full LED package which includes the LED Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Tail and Brake Lights, and LED Front Fog Lights, offers better illumination, and together with Tailgate Spoiler and Dual Tone Alloy Wheels, give the All-New CR-V a modern and premium look.
Maintaining Honda’s signature concept of “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” design principle, the All-New CR-V has maximised the cabin space not only for occupants but for goods as well. There is more rear legroom with 90 mm more space, while the flexible configuration of the rear seats also provides an extended cargo space of up to 1,084 litres when the seats are laid flat (250 mm extra space compared to its predecessor). The Programmable Power Tailgate (a premium feature offered for the first time by Honda Malaysia), allows owners to easily control the height and opening of the tailgate with the one-push button and Stop and Hold Programmable Height.
Interior wise, the 7” Advanced Display Audio that is Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM ready, provides smart connectivity and entertainment while the Dual-Zone Air-conditioning and rear USB ports provide more comfort and convenience for passengers. The combi leather seats with an 8-Way Power Seat for driver and 4-Way Power Seat for passenger which is one of the new additional features in All-New CR-V.
The Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) replaces the traditional hand/footbrake; freeing up space at the console area which Honda has fitted with a large compartment that can fit even a 13” laptop or a medium-sized handbag. The Auto Brake Hold (ABH) feature, provides convenience when driving in congested traffic whereby with only a push of a button, the vehicle’s stationary position is held without the driver having to continuously step on the brake.
In terms of safety, Honda Malaysia is introducing Honda SENSING for the first time in Malaysia. The Next Generation Advanced Safety Technology is designed to assist drivers in potentially dangerous driving conditions and provides three categories of safety suites that comprise seven features;
a) Driver Cruising Aid
1. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
2. Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
b) Frontal Collision Deterrence
3. Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
4. Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
c) Side Collision Deterrence:
5. Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
6. Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
7. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
In addition to Honda SENSING, the All-New CR-V various safety features that are standard in all variants including Six Airbags and the new Thin-Film-Transistor Display (TFT) and Driver Attention Monitor that assist drivers to stay vigilant during the drive through a combination of alerts and steering vibrations. Other safety features available are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera to complete the premium package in an SUV.
New features such as Walk Away Auto Lock, and Eight Sensors come with the 1.5 TC 2WD & 4WD and 1.5 TC-P 2WD variants, while the top variants are further equipped with high-end features including Honda LaneWatch Camera**, Auto High Beam** and Active Cornering Light**.
The All-New CR-V 1.5 TC 2WD & 4WD and 1.5 TC-P 2WD variants are the latest Honda Malaysia models to be certified an Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV).
The prices (without insurance) of the four variants are:
• 2.0L 2WD priced at RM142,400
• 1.5L Turbocharged 2WD priced at RM155,700
• 1.5L Turbocharged 4WD priced at RM161,600
• 1.5L Turbocharged Premium 2WD priced at RM167,700
The All-New CR-V is available in five colour options of which the Dark Olive Metallic is a totally new colour for a Honda vehicle while the White Orchid Pearl and Obsidian Blue Pearl are brand new colours for the CR-V. The favourite colours of Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic from the previous generation have been maintained for this 5th Generation model.
Three accessories packages are being offered. The Utility Package priced at RM1,165 includes Cargo Tray, Cargo Net, Trunk Organiser, Sun Shade and Door Protector Film, while The Urban Package which comes with Door Visor, Rear Bumper Protector and Illuminated Side Step is priced at RM1,790. The Aero Package for 2.0L 2WD and 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged variants are priced at RM5,900 and RM5,700 respectively and offer Front Aero Bumper, Running Board, Rear Aero Bumper, as well as Exhaust Pipe Finisher (2.0L 2WD only). These accessories package prices are after 10% discount, giving savings of up to RM665.
The warranty for the All-New CR-V is maintained at 5 years with unlimited mileage at 10,000 km service intervals**** at any of the 91 Honda dealers nationwide.
For more information, telephone Honda’s Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020 or head over to http://www.honda.com.my
Visuals courtesy of Honda Malaysia.