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Honda unveils all-new 5th gen CR-V

Edgier styling, new features and first use of turbo 4-cylinder engine

Published: October 16, 2016, 10:50 PM
Updated: October 21, 2016, 4:37 AM

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Honda has debuted an all-new fifth-generation CR-V with a bolder, more upscale-looking exterior, new features and technologies and its first turbocharged engine.

“The next generation CR-V is perfectly positioned to lead what is now the largest and fasted growing segment in the Canadian auto industry,” said Dave Gardner, Senior Vice President of Operations, Honda Canada. “CR-V continues to be built in Canada, reinforcing the importance of Honda of Canada Manufacturing’s place among our North American operations.

The compact SUV’s front end takes on the edgy styling that was first seen on the Accord Plug-In sedan and HR-V crossover a couple years back, and then followed through on the new Civic. It includes signature Honda cues such as the LED headlights but adds a new feature – automatic grille shutters.

2017 Honda CR-V front seats

Around the side, there are aluminum wheels in 17-inch and 18-inch sizes, and the rear features horizontal LED taillights but in bezels that climb the body panels outside the rear window in tribute to the original CR-V’s vertical taillights. And here too, there’s a new feature — hands-free operation for the hatch gate, using a foot-activated sensor under the rear bumper.

But the big news is the 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that here is rated at 190 hp. It will only be available with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Detailed specs and ratings will be released closer to the vehicle’s actual launch in winter 2017.

Inside, the emphasis is on utility, space and premium features belying the compact class. Materials throughout are upgraded from its predecessor, and features class-best rear legroom. The instrument panel features a 7-inch touchscreen, new soft-touch controls and connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2017 Honda CR-V interior

On board features include dual zone climate control, remote start and smart entry with push-button start. Electric parking brake, 4-way power seats, available rear heated seats. Driver aids include collision mitigation with forward audible warning, road departure mitigation, blind spot information, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and automatic dipping high beams.

Honda CR-Vs will be built in Alliston, Ontario.