Honda unveils 5th-gen 2017 CR-V with new turbocharged engine

Article by Christian A., on October 21, 2016

Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the compact SUV segment especially with its new exterior and interior design, new powertrain and chassis technology as well as new features.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, remarked that the new Honda CR-V ups the standards in the segment in terms of performance, roominess and premium content as well as fuel economy and value.

2017 version of the CR-V (EX and higher trims) now comes standard with Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. These variants of the 2017 CR-V are expected to generate 75 percent of the SUV’s sales. Honda Sensing includes: Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).

Customers may also take advantage of the newly available driver-assistive technologies like the Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights, Blind Spot Information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).

Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure should allow the new 2017 CR-V to earn the highest available collision safety ratings like an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The 2017 CR-V is also aiming to achieve a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention (as equipped with Honda Sensing).

Honda plans to assemble the 2017 CR-V at its facilities in East Liberty (Ohio) Alliston, Ontario (Canada) and in Greensburg (Indiana). Its engines will be produced in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario, while CVT is being built in Russells Point, Ohio.

Exterior Design

The most enthralling changes in the styling of the new CR-V can be seen up front with its Active Shutter Grille that could lower aerodynamic drag, aggressive headlights (LED on Touring trim) with a wing-shaped LED daytime running lights (all trims) . The new CR-V also features narrower A-pillars, wide muscular fenders and uprated aluminum alloy wheels (sizes 17 to 18 inches).

In addition, the new Honda CR-V features a long hood, longer wheelbase and short rear overhang as well as dual exhausts. Interestingly, the new CR-V could be availed with the Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate that could be opened or closed through a foot-activated sensor placed under the rear of the SUV.

Further exterior changes include roof rails, chrome garnishes and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The 2017 CR-V could also be specified with available Auto High Beam with High Beam Support (HSS) headlights, and several Genuine Honda Accessories.

Interior Design

Inside, the new 2017 CR-V has become roomier, topping its class in terms of interior space and rear seat legroom. The interior is also laden with a number of upgraded elements like a new soft-touch instrument panel, intricately stitched seats and a color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display.

Moreover, the CR-V features a Display Audio system that is compatible with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing customers to seamlessly integrate certain smartphone features and functions, like GPS navigation and voice-control search.

Customers may also avail of the optional seven-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface powered by Android with a physical volume knob and the new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

In addition, the new 2017 Honda CR-V could be availed with dual-zone climate controls, remote engine start, heated side mirrors, rear USB charging ports and an Electric Parking Brake (EPB). Also available are a driver's seat with eight-way power adjustment and four-way power lumbar support, a front passenger seat with four-way power adjustment and heated front seats.

Powertrain

For the 2017 model year, EX and higher trims of the Honda CR-V will be equipped with 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine that develops around 190 hp (SAE net) while delivering refined and responsive performance across the entire engine operating range.

This new turbocharged – along with the CR-V's more aerodynamic body – should allow this Honda vehicle to earn the highest fuel economy ratings from the EPA in the compact SUV class. On the other hand, the LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine. Power is sent from the 1.5-liter DOHC and 2.4-liter DOHC engines to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic.

Supporting these powerful engines is the CR-V’s new body and chassis design that allows for a more agile and confident handling, extra ground clearance and excellent versatility.

The 2017 CR-V rides on MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension on the front, employing specially tuned low-friction dampers. Both FWD and AWD models of the new CR-V feature tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that allow for quicker turn-in and flatter cornering.

A more direct and responsive steering is helped by the fact that the new CR-V features dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS).

Press Release

Bold and Sophisticated Styling and Turbo Engine Power Restate the All-New 2017 Honda CR-V as the Outright Benchmark Compact SUV

Honda has pulled the wraps off an all-new, fifth-generation CR-V, America's best-selling SUV over the past 20 years. The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V, going on sale this winter, boasts bold new styling, a more premium interior, the model's first-ever turbocharged engine and a host of new features and technologies aimed at maintaining CR-V's status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment. American car buyers have purchased nearly 4 million CR-Vs since its U.S. launch in 1997.

"The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every imaginable way, delivering more performance, space and premium content together with higher fuel economy ratings and value than ever before," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V."

Bold and Sophisticated New Design
The new CR-V styling heads in a fresh new direction with an aggressive attitude, thanks to crisp and sharp front-end design elements, aggressive stylized headlights surrounded by a wing-shaped LED DRL array on all trims, and wide, muscular fenders. The long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and dual exhausts give the new CR-V a more sophisticated and athletic presence.

The CR-V's new windswept front end appearance includes signature Honda LED headlights (Touring trim), a Honda-first Active Shutter Grille that lowers aerodynamic drag, uprated aluminum alloy wheels (sizes 17 to 18 inches depending on trim) and narrower A-pillars for improved visibility. Adding convenience is a Honda-first available Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate, which allows opening and closing the tailgate with a foot activated sensor under the rear of the vehicle. Available Auto High Beam with High Beam Support (HSS) headlights, chrome garnishes, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails and numerous Genuine Honda Accessories also expand beauty, convenience and functionality.

New Powertrain and Chassis Technology
The 2017 CR-V in EX and higher trims will feature CR-V's first ever turbocharged engine, a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net) and delivering incredibly refined and responsive performance across the engine's full operating range. Combined with the CR-V's more aerodynamic body, the new turbocharged powerplant will garner the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in the compact SUV class. CR-V LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine, and both engines will be mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. Detailed specifications, including EPA ratings, will be provided closer to launch.

The all-new body and chassis design in the 2017 CR-V provides more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension utilize specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V's direct and satisfying steering feel.

More Premium, Spacious and Technologically Advanced Interior
The 2017 CR-V also raises the bar for interior refinement, utility and premium features in the compact SUV class. 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 color TFT driver information interface (DII) center 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. Available features include a 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Android operating system that now features a physical volume knob as well as an available new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ developed in cooperation with the experts at Garmin®. The CR-V 's Display Audio system is 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 2017 Honda CR-V include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver's seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front seats.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
The refreshed 2015 CR-V debuted the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, helping it capture the 2015 Motor Trend Sport Utility of the Year honors. The 2017 CR-V further expands the application of Honda Sensing as standard equipment on EX and higher trims, expected to account for upwards of 75 percent of CR-V sales.

Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights.

Utilizing Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2017 CR-V targets the highest available collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with Honda Sensing.

The 2017 Honda CR-V will be produced at three plants in North America – in East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts. Engines for the new CR-V will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario, with the CVT being produced in Russells Point, Ohio.

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