Honda Malaysia whipped up a pleasant surprise when it launched the all-new CR-V, announcing that its pricetag will be smaller than that of its predecessor. At RM148,800, the new CR-V is approximately RM1K cheaper than the older model.
The key factor which keeps the price of the new CR-V down is that it is a CKD model, with 40 to 50 per cent of the parts that go into the car being manufactured or sourced locally.
Powering the new CR-V is a two-litre i-VTEC engine which puts out 148hp, approximately 5hp more than the older model, as tested in Thailand. This is paired to a five-speed transmission which is set up more conventionally, with paddle-shifts non-existent.
The new CR-V does the century sprint in a rather sedate 12.7 seconds, with the ability to hit a maximum of 183kmph. The model we are getting here is the four-wheel drive variant, with Honda Malaysia stating that a two-wheeler will only be considered should they see a market for it in the future. Honda’s new SUV also gains the ECON button, a common feature in new Hondas which tones down the throttle response to preserve fuel economy.
At 4,545mm long and 1,685mm high, the new CR-V is shorter and lower than its predecessor. However, interior space is expanded due to smarter optimization of cabin space which increases passenger legroom and boot space without compromising on headroom. As shown in our preview earlier, the rear seats can fold completely flat to form a vast cargo area which can easily swallow mountain bikes and multiple golf bags.
In terms of safety equipment, the CR-V comes kitted out with four airbags, ABS, EBD, VSA and Isofix child seat mounts. New in the CR-V are TCS and Hill Start Assist. Other features include a reverse camera, six-speaker audio system with USB connectivity interfaced with a five-inch LCD screen and dual-zone air-con with rear blowers.
Buyers who want to add a little more character to the CR-V’s already bolder styling can opt between four different Modulo packages which range between RM2,550 to RM5,000 in price. These packages include Modulo kit such as revised bumper and grill combinations, side skirts, rear spoiler and so forth.
Since the launch of the latest-generation Civic, Honda Malaysia has been offering a five-year unlimited mileage warranty to its new models which applies to the new CR-V as well. Service intervals are set at 10,000km apart. We were told that the 2.4-litre CR-V will make its way here some time in June with an estimated pricetag of RM190K.