All-new 2017 Honda CR-V

Entirely redesigned and reengineered

"Quicker and lighter than before."

"Could it be the ultimate box-checker?" said Issam Eid.

"Interior design is humble but attractive, and even the imitation wood is a considerable pattern with a fine satin finish."

"Trustworthy, well-packaged and family-friendly."

Honda Motor Co. (Africa and Middle East Office) recently announced the launch of the all-new fifth-generation CR-V at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V boasts bold new styling, a more premium interior and a host of new features and technologies aimed at enhancing CR-V's status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment.

The new CR-V targets the highest levels of quality and driving refinement in its class with top-class steering precision, ride comfort, body control and cabin quietness. The new CR-V comes in four grades, namely DX and LX in two-wheel drive (2WD) and EX and Touring in all-wheel drive (AWD).

Powertrain and chassis
At the heart of the 2017 CR-V is a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct injected i-VTEC engine that is mated to a smooth shifting and sporty, continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. The 2.4-liter engine generates 184 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a torque of 244 Nm at 3,900 rpm. The fuel consumption statistics of the CR-V are 15.5 km/L for the DX and LX grades and 14.7 km/L for the EX and Touring grades.

The all-new body and chassis design in the 2017 CR-V provides more agile and confident handling, greater drive refinement and superior overall versatility. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilize specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V's direct and satisfying steering feel.

The CR-V heads in a new, fresh direction with crisper and sharper front-end design elements such as new, aggressively styled headlights surrounded by wing-shaped LED daytime running light (DRL) array on all grades. The CR-V's new windswept front-end appearance also includes signature Honda LED headlights (Touring only). Wide, muscular fenders with athletic wheel arches, longer wheelbase and short rear overhang give the 2017 CR-V a more sophisticated and athletic presence. Perfectly straddling the line between bold design and modern sophistication, this is the perfect SUV for any lifestyle.

The new CR-V also features distinct LED taillights and exciting wheel options in 17 inches (DX and LX grades) and 18 inches (EX and Touring Grades) that help it stand out whether sitting still or taking off. It also includes a Power Programmable Tailgate, which opens and closes at the push of a button with added tailgate height-adjustability feature (available on Touring grade only), which can be customized for drivers of all heights. Other notable standard features include power door mirrors, side mirror LED indicators, rear fog lights, headlight off timer, various chrome garnishes and auto rain sensing wipers (Touring only).

The new CR-V raises the bar for interior refinement and utility through its completely redesigned cockpit and innovative premium features. The more spacious cabin, with top-in-class interior space and the best rear-seat legroom in its class, features upgraded materials throughout, including a new soft-touch instrument panel and more intricately stitched seats. A color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display adds to the handsome new design aesthetic.

With the new Easy Fold Down and 60/40-split rear-seat design, the CR-V interior is incredibly versatile with room for five people and a substantial amount of cargo of various sizes.

The CR-V offers the latest in vehicle connectivity and audio performance with a new generation of advanced technologies. The DX and LX grades have a five-inch Color Screen Audio and the EX and Touring grades have a seven-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Android operating system that now features a physical volume knob as well as an available Navigation system. The seven-inch touchscreen Display Audio is compatible with Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto platforms, giving customers seamless integration of key smartphone features and functions, including smartphone powered GPS navigation and voice-controlled search capabilities.

The clean and elegantly laid out dashboard presents advanced driving technology placing essential information directly in the line of sight. The DII supplies a wide range of information such as average fuel consumption, AWD torque identification, turn-by-turn navigation and Driver Attention Monitor. The Driver Attention Monitor is designed to detect driver fatigue and alert the driver when exhibiting diminished attention to the road with a series of visual and audio alerts.

The Honda LaneWatch  feature in EX and Touring grades, uses a camera located in the passenger door mirror to display a clear image of the lanes and any vehicles that are on the lane on the seven-inch Display Audio screen. The Multi Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines shows steering input direction, to ensure you park safely and quickly.

Some of the key comfort and convenience features available on the new CR-V include a smart entry and remote engine start (LX, EX and Touring only), single zone air conditioning in DX and dual-zone climate controls in the remaining grades, rear A/C ducts in all grades, Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror (EX and Touring only), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Brake Hold function, front USB ports, rear 2.5-amp USB charging ports and front passenger seat with four-way power adjustment and driver's seat with eight-way power adjustment and four-way power lumbar support.

Safety features
The all-new 2017 CR-V utilizes Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. 2017 CR-V targets the highest available collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2017 CR-V utilizes an Electronic Brake Booster (EBB), which replaces the conventional vacuum Brake Booster. The EBB motor is controlled by a microprocessor that monitors the vehicle speed as well as the pressure the driver applies to the brake pedal, building superior hydraulic pressure more quickly and with less pedal effort in all braking situations.

Other Honda active safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Systems (TCS), Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD), Agile Handling Assist, Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS), and Brake Override System (BOS) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Rear Parking Sensors are present in LX, EX and Touring grades.

For the time being I can tell you that Honda moved the CR-V a step up from the competition. The CR-V is a complete family package and drives extremely well. When using the pedal shifters you can feel that the CVT nature holds the gear at higher rpm. I loved the infotainment screen, which is absolutely high-resolution. We will be testing the 2017 Honda CR-V for a full review so stay tuned!

Rivals: Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Captiva, Renault Koleos, Mazda CX-5
Pros: Spacious inside, quiet cabin, excellent steering, attractive exterior, refined interior cabin
Cons: CVT, noisy when pushing the gas pedal at higher rpms
4 stars
one word: step up

2.4L inline 4-cylinder, 184 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 244 Nm @ 3,900 rpm
0-100 km/h: N/A, top speed: 202 km/h, fuel consumption: 6.4-6.8 L/100 km
Weight: 1,500-1,541 kg (FWD) / 1,552-1,593 kg (AWD)

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