Singapore - Honda’s mid-sized SUV, the CR-V, has received its mid-life re-freshening in both Europe and the USA, now it’s our turn to follow suit.
The revised CR-V, which is already on sale here with a list price of $168,999 with COE, features largely cosmetic improvements and minor interior tweaks. As face-lifts go, it’s very mild, but this is pretty much par for the course here in the Southeast Asia market.
The essential shape of the front end is the same, although significant improvements have been made visually including a new grille, lower air intake and more ‘techno’ looking lights with LED surrounds and wide fog lamps to give the car a much more contemporary appearance.
The rear end, the most recognisable bit of the CR-V with its boxy shape, also gets a minor change with a lower bumper that incorporates a contrast-coloured bash plate.
On the inside the car packs Honda’s new HondaLink infotainment system, as seen on the City and new Jazz, which uses an iPhone as its ‘off-site’ processing centre and networking hub. A full-colour ‘i-MID’ display shows infotainment content to the cabin and for the CR-V, navigation comes as standard and is handled by the infotainment system itself.
The 2.4-litre model packs keyless entry and start, a 10-way-powered driver’s seat, reverse camera, powered moon-roof, automatic HID headlights and wipers. It retains the same 2.4-litre non-direct injection engine as before, with 190bhp and 222Nm of torque shuffled through a five-speed automatic gearbox to the front wheels. A similar engine is found on the Honda Accord.
The 2.0-litre model, which had 155bhp, is no longer offered for sale here.
European-spec cars get considerably more improvements though, including a 1.6-litre diesel engine that’s paired with ZF’s new nine-speed automatic gearbox as seen on the Range Rover Evoque. Sadly for the Southeast Asian market we haven’t mustered the demand and numbers regionally to warrant what would otherwise be an expensive foray into diesel drivetrains for Honda yet.
The CR-V’s update brings attention to another Honda crossover though, one that is likely to garner healthy sales here: the HR-V, also known as the Vezel. It’s a return of the original HR-V moniker, although now it’s tagged to a cool-looking compact SUV based on the Honda Jazz.
In any case, the motor show is good a place as any to parade the updated model, although other cars like the Mobilio will likely draw more eyeballs. Stay tuned to CarBuyer.com.sg this week for more motor show coverage!
PLG_AUTHORINFOBOX_FRONTEND_AUTHOR: Derryn Wong
Derryn Wong is currently editor-in-chief of CarBuyer and he enjoys probing all aspects of the motoring industry, ranging from bizarre holes in the upholstery to the engineered insanity of the COE system. No, not those kinds of holes.