Honda’s CR-V gets the mid-cycle treatment

Published on March 15th, 2010

It’s hard to fathom that the Honda CR-V has been around since 1995 but 15 years on, the CR-V is still going strong in its third iteration, bridging the gap between pure SUV and urban dwelling for its users.

Honda Malaysia has just unveiled the refreshed CR-V with a number of aesthetic makeovers mostly but with a major safety upgrade in the form of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).

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As is the case with most Japanese facelifts, the primary focus is on the cosmetics and this is no different. A redesigned hood and front bumper dominate the front changes with reshaped fog lights complimenting the subtle touches.

The CR-V also gets some new kicks in the from of redesigned alloy wheels and new lens reflector. On the bootylicious end of things, the reverse sensor count has been upped to four for increased sensitivity in obstacle detection.

Apart from the VSA, another safety add on is the side airbags with Occupant Position Detective System (OPDS). The availability of OPDS makes the CR-V the first in its class to offer the safety feature.

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Stepping inside, the biggest change is to the audio unit that now comes with USB connectivity so you can plug your MP3’s in. Apart from a new fabric that coats the seats, an interesting upgrade has to be the wider armrest that although seems miscellaneous at first, makes complete sense and just goes to show the thought put in designing vehicle interiors.

To spice things up a wee bit more, a new paint option has been added to the colour swatch. So keeping the previous Alabaster Silver, Polish Metal, Crystal Black and Taffeta White company will be Urban Titanium.

If you’re wondering why no mention has been made on the powertrain, it’s because there hasn’t been an changes. Power still comes from the 2-liter SOCH i-VTEC producing 150hp and 190Nm that transfers power to all four wheels (when the occasion calls for it) through a five-speed slusbox.

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As usual, a full range of Modulo accessories will be available if you think the new touches made aren’t fierce enough for your CR-V.

Pricing for the facelifted CR-V now stands at RM149,980. This marks an increase of RM2,000 from the previous price but with the number of added features it really does seem like a reasonable amount.

“Since its launch in the 2007 in Malaysia, the third generation CR-V has sold more than 13,000 units. It has since been a leading model in the SUV market segment, commanding approximately 30 per cent of the market share,” said Toru Takahashi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia.

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“We are also looking to maintain our market share in this segment with the new CR-V,” added Takahashi.

Being one of Honda’s five globally marketed models, the CR-V has proven to be a hit in other regions as well.

The company aims to push 350 units of the facelifted CR-V a month locally and has already garnered 1,200 pre-launch bookings so far. Based on those figures, the yearly target of 4,200 units looks to be within reach.

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On a final note, Honda Malaysia have made available an optional vehicle tracking device that will assist in tracking the vehicle in the event of theft. Currently, the device is only available for the CR-V, Accord and Stream. Pricing for the device is set at RM3660.

This move was done in respond to the increasing number of CR-V thefts reported over 2008 and 2009 although the number did dwindle last year.

Anyways, the new CR-V is now available for viewing in all Honda showrooms and if it tickles your fancy enough bookings can be made right away.

text & pix: Dinesh Appavu

Comments

  1. Posted by used Honda CR-V san Francisco on March 25th, 2010, 18:51

    It’s an outstanding blog i must say. It seems you have good idea about Honda CR-V. All the parts you have mentioned above is looking awesome. I have now a better idea about this model. Good job please update your blog with some more interesting posting.

  2. Posted by CR-V san Francisco on May 14th, 2010, 19:53

    One more thing i would like to add here is you are continuously posting some good articles and so that i am regular visitor to your blog. I think you are a big fan of Honda cars, this reflects in your posts. Am i right?

  3. Posted by santa clara used cars on June 29th, 2010, 14:12

    Honda CR-V famous because of its incredible design and outstanding performer on the road. This is the car which impressed me a lot.

  4. Posted by Los Angeles Honda Galpin on March 30th, 2011, 02:49

    Honda’s CR-V has been a top seller because it’s practical and reliable. The new USB connectivity for the Honda CR-V is great. I love listening to my Ipod when cruising around.

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