Honda has confirmed that an update to its CR-V off-roader will arrive in 2015, marking the next chapter for a model that has impressed since launching in 1997. The SUV will feature uprated powertrains, world-first safety technology and advanced new connectivity features to deliver even more to buyers.
A class-leading new engine
Strong performance is a trait any respectable off-roader needs to possess, and the new CR-V doesn’t fail to deliver in this area. The vehicle gets a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel unit from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology range, known for its high-performance output and low CO2 emissions. The powertrain produces 158bhp and couples with an advanced nine-speed automatic gearbox which sees the CR-V return one of the best power-to-consumption ratios of any vehicle on the road today. Joining the 158bhp i-DTEC is a 118bhp alternative plus a 2.0-litre 153bhp petrol, and all three are compliant with Euro6b emissions standards.
World-first safety systems
On top of strong performance the latest CR-V is also extremely safe. It carries on the five-star Euro NCAP rating of its predecessor, to which the innovative Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control contributed. This world-first system reads the road to predict the actions of other motorists and takes action to avoid a collision. Complementing it is Honda SENSING, which combines new camera and radar technology to advance the vehicle’s Collision Mitigating Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control systems. Lane Keeping Assist, City-Brake Active system, Forward Collision Warning and Cross Traffic Monitor are just some of the other active safety features included, protecting occupants superbly well.
All-new connectivity technology
Beyond safety, the technological advancements made by the Japanese carmaker also enhance the CR-V’s infotainment offering. All-new Honda Connect comes as standard with all but the entry level Comfort/SE grade, and runs on the Android operating system for familiar smartphone-style control. Through a seven-inch display you can command a variety of audio, telephone and navigation functions while also connecting to the internet and keeping an eye on journey details.
A sophisticated new look
Tying up the 2015 CR-V’s refreshed design are its various styling enhancements. The front fascia has received the most tweaks with redesigned headlamps linking up with a reshaped grille. Halogen bulbs and LED daytime running lights give the SUV a striking appearance while improving visibility, with 3D-effect LED tail-lights completing the rear. A new bumper and skid plate confirm the car’s off-road potential, and original 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel styles are offered to keep the car poised.
The latest-generation CR-V off-roader will go on sale during the spring of this year, and you can stay informed of all developments with Johnsons Honda. Contact your nearest dealership to register your interest today.