The Honda Civic and the CR-V have always had a very close relationship. Whenever a new Civic is presented, a new CR-V also hits the stage. And this is very simple to explain: the CR-V is the crossover version of the sedan. They share the same engines and platforms. And the latest example is the 5th generation CR-V, which appears a little after the 10th generation Civic presentation. They also share the same global platform, one that will also underpin the next generation Accord, and engines, such as the 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit (we do not know how this platform is called nor have found it anywhere; in case you know it, please let us know in the comments box). In the crossover, this 4-cylinder delivers 142 kW at 5,6oo rpm and 243 Nm from 2,000 rpm until 5,000 rpm.
The new CR-V is also equipped with a 2.4-liter engine that delivers and 137 kW at 6,400 rpm and 244 Nm at 3,900 rpm, but it is only offered in its entry-level derivative, the LX. All the others come with the 1.5 turbo. The transmission is the same for all CR-V, the lame CVT Honda has decided to adopt in place of the good 5-speed automatic transmission that used to be in its cars. A concession to lesser emissions.
The new CR-V is 4.59 m long, 1.85 m wide, 1.68 m tall in the front-wheel drive models, 1.69 m tall in the 4WD derivatives and it has a wheelbase of 2.66 m. Some said it would be able to carry 7 people, but it still is a 5-seater.
Its weight varies from 1,500 kg up to 1,592 kg. The front suspension uses McPherson, while the rear suspension is based on a multilink arrangement (Civic, anyone?). The crossover uses 17-inch alloy wheels, with 235/65 R17 tires, and 18-inch wheels, covered by 235/60 R18 tires.
The CR-V is the first Honda with Automatic Shutter Grille System, which closes the front grille and, consequently, lowers aerodynamic drag. Another way to lower emissions and to improve fuel consumption. The model will have features such as Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Information (BSI), Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM), Auto High Beam (HSS) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).