On-the-road prices, specification and further technical detail will be announced closer to the launch, but for the first time, the CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two- and four-wheel drive on the 2.0 i-VTEC model.
Under the bonnet of the CR-V, is either a 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine or a 2.2 litre i-DTECdiesel engine.
Both are a development of the engines found in the third generation CR-V but both have been comprehensively redesigned with a focus on reducing emissions. Idle-stop technology has also been introduced on all models fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The power and torque outputs of the i-DTECengine remain at 150 PS and 350 Nm respectively, but emissions fall from 171 g/km to 153 g/km, (10%) for the manual version, and from 195 g/km to 175 g/km for models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission.
The power output of the 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine has risen from 150 PS to 155 PS, while the torque has increased by 2 Nm to 192 Nm. Despite this increase in performance, emissions have fallen from 192 g/km to 174 g/km for the manual version, and from 195 g/km to 176 g/km for the automatic.
Customers opting for the 2.0 i-VTEC two-wheel drive will see a further reduction in exhaust emissions to 170 g/km.
The introduction of a front-wheel drive CR-V responds to changing market conditions. Across Europe, two-wheel drive models now account for 51% of the petrol-engined compact-SUV market according to a survey conducted in 2011.
Also standard are Honda’s ECON mode and Eco Assist systems. When the ECON button is pressed the throttle response and air-conditioning are automatically adjusted to minimise fuel consumption. The Eco Assist system uses the car’s dashboard display to advise drivers on how their driving style is impacting fuel economy, by changing the colour of the dial edges from white to green when driving more efficiently.
Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the new model takes on a more assertive and aerodynamic stance with a bolder nose section. The length and height of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space.
With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1,648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1,570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items.
The boot of the CR-V is now claimed to be able to accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.
The new CR-V is also the latest vehicle to employ Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System. It incorporates Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), which warns of an impending collision and even applies the brakes to minimise an impact. In an emergency stop situation, the Emergency Stop System (ESS) will automatically activate the brake and hazard warning lights (indicators). The lights will blink rapidly to warn following vehicles that the CR-V is stopping abruptly, alleviating the risk of a collision.
The new CR-V will continue to be built at Honda’s production facility inSwindon.