The 5th-generation Honda CR-V has received a midlife update. See what’s changed…
The new CR-V came to market back in 2017 and it competes in a competitive family car segment where cars such as the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage are vying for market share.
As part of its midlife refresh, Honda has applied a few changes to the CR-V in an effort to keep it relevant in this busy segment.
The CR-V gains redesigned front and rear bumpers as well as a dark chrome garnish that runs across the rear tailgate. The grille has also been redesigned and now features a larger black grille surface. The headlights have also been redesigned. The CR-V will also be offered with new wheel designs as well as new exterior colours such as Ignite Red metallic and Cosmic Blue metallic.
On the inside, Honda has redesigned the centre console which now features better storage and improved access to the USB charging ports. The CR-V can also be equipped with a wireless charging pad and an electrically-operated tailgate. It must be noted, however, that South African specification for the CR-V might differ to what is offered in other markets.
As for engines, Honda is likely to retain the current naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine with 113 kW and 189 Nm of torque as well as the 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine with 140 kW and 240 Nm of torque. All CR-V derivatives will be paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). As before, the CR-V will be offered in both front and all-wheel-drive guise.
The facelifted Honda CR-V is expected to arrive in South Africa in 2021 and we will confirm local specifications and pricing closer to launch.