Honda has introduced to Nigeria its fifth generation CR-V, which appears to have undergone a complete change in virtually all departments, all aimed at giving its buyers/riders maximum comfort, safety and entertainment.
Built with a bold and sophisticated design, the 2018 Honda CR-V hopes to be a benchmark for the compact sport utility vehicle segment.
What many may find fascinating is the vehicle’s active safety and driver-assistance features of sensing/averting accidents and keeping a sleepy driver awake.
The CR-V has automatic high-beams, a rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver-attention monitor to prevent snoozing behind the wheel.
Coming with a 2.4 litre DOHC direct-injected i-VTEC engine with smooth shifting CVT, the all-new 2018 Honda CR-V is equipped with more premium interior finishing and a larger cabin with best-in-class rear seat legroom.
The Lead, Sales Marketing Department, The Honda Place, Remi Adams, who presented the new vehicle to Nigeria’s motoring journalists in Lagos last week, said the re-engineered Honda CR-V would be competing with Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.
According to him, the fifth generation Honda CR-V was being released 23 years after the vehicle was first rolled out.
“The completely redesigned and re-engineered 2018 CR-V, going on sale this March, boasts of bold new styling, a more premium interior, a host of new features and technologies aimed at maintaining the CR-V’s status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment,” Honda said in a statement.
According to the automaker, the new CR-V styling heads in a new direction with an aggressive attitude, made possible by the vehicle’s crisp and sharp front-end design elements, aggressively styled headlights surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all trims, and wide muscular fenders.
The vehicle has been built with longer hood and wheelbase, just as its short rear overhang gives it a more sophisticated and athletic presence.
“The CR-V’s new windswept front-end appearance includes signature Honda LED headlights, a Honda-first active shutter grille that lowers aerodynamic drag, uprated aluminium alloy wheels (18 inches in EX trim) and narrower A-pillars for improved visibility,” Honda stated.
Powered by a 2.4-litre DOHC, direct-injected i-VTEC engine, the new CR-V is mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission with Honda G-Shift control logic.
Its all-new body and chassis design are said to provide more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility.
The firm said, “Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilize specially tuned low-friction dampers, including tubular front and solid rear stabiliser bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering.”
Among other unique features, its dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering is said to contribute to the vehicle’s direct and satisfying steering feel.
The vehicle comes with a more premium, spacious and technologically advanced interior.
Honda also noted that the 2018 CR-V had raised the bar on interior refinement, utility and premium features in the compact SUV class.
It said, “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 high definition colour driver information interface centre meter display adds to the handsome new design aesthetic.
The CR-V offers the latest in-vehicle connectivity and audio performance with a new generation of advanced technologies.” It listed a number of innovative interior features, mostly for the people’s entertainment and comfort, such as the 7-inch touchscreen display audio system, said to be compatible with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms, giving customers seamless integration of key smartphone features and functions, including smartphone-powered GPS navigation and voice-controlled search capabilities.
Some of the key new comfort and convenience features available on the 2018 Honda CR-V were given as power programmable tailgate, versatile centre console, dual-zone climate controls, Electric Parking Brake, Automatic Brake Hold, two fast-charge rear USB ports, and front passenger seat with four-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment.
Adams said the 2018 CR-V had been given the highest collision safety rating by various third-party evaluators, utilising Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure.
“The 2018 CR-V further expands the safety features to driver-assist. The newly added Driver Attention Monitor measures driver attention by four levels,” he said.
According to him, when the driver’s attention level becomes low, the system suggests to the driver to take a break, by delivering both audible and tactile alert.
“The driver attention monitor functions to help keep sleepy drivers awake at all times,” Adams explained.