The fifth-generation Honda CR-V has just been unveiled in the United States. The Japanese brand has stressed that this model is for the US market only, however the differences between this and the version that will reach Europe and our shores are likely to be minimal.
Honda have lengthened the wheelbase and slimmed down the A-pillars of this popular compact SUV, but the design is more of a progression from the fourth gen, than a departure from the looks of the previous model.
A turbocharged 1.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine that generates 142kW will be fitted to the EX and higher trim levels of the CR-V. The new engine is 5kW more powerful than the outgoing version, while also offering better fuel economy. The fancier LX version of the CR-V will be powered by a 2.4-liter engine with 137kW.
The new model comes with the option of a hands-free tailgate and the audio system for the 2017 CR-V is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. Lastly the old-school volume knob has returned in addition to touch controls.
“Our customers and many of you told us loud and clear that you wanted a volume knob so the knob is back!” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the US Honda division.