Euro NCAP has awarded the top five-star rating to the UK-built Honda CR-V, making the vehicle one of the safest in Europe. The system rates a vehicle’s overall safety performance, providing consumers an easy-to-understand single score. Euro NCAP rates overall safety in four different aspects -- occupant protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and the availability of driver aids.
Since Euro NCAP implemented its current rating scheme in February 2009, all Honda models tested received 5 stars: Accord, Insight, Jazz, CR-Z, Civic and CR-V. The safety rating for the CR-V -- built at Honda's manufacturing site in Swindon, England -- reflects the carmaker's commitment to overall vehicle safety, which is embodied by the term "Safety for Everyone."
According to Honda, this term means crash protection not only for drivers and passengers, but also for occupants of other vehicles, and injury mitigation for pedestrians. Honda has a car-to-car crash test facility at its Tochigi R&D site that analyses impacts between vehicles of different sizes. The facility then develops solutions to mitigate injuries for both passengers and pedestrians.
The new CR-V is the next model to receive the new Earth Dreams Technology 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine, which will feature 120PS of output and 300 Nm of torque and 120 PS as well as only 119g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. This new derivative will be available in autumn 2013.
Every aspect of the CR’V development process -- including its exterior styling – was heavily influenced by the carmaker’s quest to achieve the perfect balance between a car and an sports utility vehicle,
As explained by exterior designer Manabu Konaka, the Honda CR-V is a car for every occasion, which means it could be both casual and formal. However, Konaka noted, its aesthetic should always convey solidity and reliability.
Interestingly, Honda was able to retain the CR-V’s interior space despite the fact that its length has been cut by 5 mm while its height has been reduced by 30 mm, as compared with the current model.
Although the fourth generation model is easily identifiable as a CR-V, it still preaches its own identity. The next-gen CR-V features deeply sculpted bodylines as well as a bolder nose section, thereby allowing it to don a more assertive and more aerodynamic stance. The front end is marked by a front bumper with smooth, flowing lines and a horizontal three-bar grille flanked by deep-set headlights.
The design of the lower front bumper and the CR-V’s generous approach angle was meant to convey the vehicle’s SUV capability. Although the next generation of the CR-V still comes with the vertical rear brake lights that have been the signature of the vehicle in every generation, the latest iteration features a more three-dimensional style. Helping highlight the CR-V’s capability and dynamics are its large wheels and bold wheelarches.