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Honda reveals 2017 CR-V in Detroit
« : Noiembrie 06, 2016, 08:59:47 a.m. »
Honda reveals 2017 CR-V in Detroit:

Yesterday afternoon at Detroit's Eastern Market, Honda revealed the all-new 2017 CR-V to a collection of journalists.

Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, the CR-V hasn't grown as much as many had suggested, nor does it feature a 3rd row (and for the record, we always thought that one seemed to be off the mark). It is now 1.2" longer, 1.4" wider, and features a 104.7" wheelbase, representing an increase of 1.6" over the outgoing 4th generation CR-V. Despite the dimensional increases, weight has actually decreased by roughly 50-112lbs, depending upon trim level.

Pretty much every trim level gets a +1 upgrade in wheel/tire size, so the body structure is clearly much lighter than the outgoing 4th generation CR-V. In addition, we expect it to be stiffer, safer, and quieter as well.

With an uprated version of the turbocharged 1.5L L15B engine from the 10th-gen Civic, EX and above CR-Vs will feature 190hp and 179lb-ft of torque, delivered through a CVT transmission. LX versions of the CR-V will have what seems to be a carryover 2.4L engine, with 184hp and 180lb-ft of torque, also connected to a CVT transmission. If you look at the photos of the engine (particularly the rendering in the PR photo set shown in the official press release), you'll see an interesting resonator sitting on top of the valve cover. We're told that this is to tune the intake sound. We've seen plenty of resonators on the intake tract before but this one looks almost like a secondary airbox.

Speaking of airflow, the 2017 CR-V is the first Honda to feature an Automatic Shutter Grille system to improve aerodynamics.

Honda has pushed the CR-V upscale via its feature set and has made an effort to give it more premium styling as well. Top (Touring) trim levels feature LED headlights and taillights, and all trim levels feature LED daytime running lights. A power tailgate with hands free access is standard on the Touring trim.

Honda Sensing is now standard on EX and higher trim levels. The 2nd row seats fold flat in a single motion. The rear seat cushions no longer flip need to flip forward, they merely shift forward slightly to accommodate the tumbling seatback. As we have been hearing, the audio system sees the return of a physical volume knob. Expect to see it returning to most future Hondas, for that matter.

The cargo floor features two positions, with the lowest level providing the maximum possible cargo area, and the upper position providing a perfectly flat cargo floor when the seats are folded.

It appears that the AWD system remains the venerable Realtime AWD system, but interestingly there is a mode on the LCD instrument panel which shows AWD torque distribution (see photo gallery).

It appears that Honda has a winner with the new CR-V, as we expect pricing to continue to represent one of the best values in the class. As for an on-sale date, we were told "December".


Bold and Sophisticated Styling and Turbo Engine Power Restate the All-New 2017 Honda CR-V

Oct 13, 2016

    America's Best-Selling SUV gains more powerful turbo engine offering class-leading fuel efficiency
    Honda Sensing™ technology now standard on EX and higher trims
    New Display Audio featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
    More premium interior boasts larger cabin with best-in-class rear seat legroom and larger, more versatile cargo space

DETROIT – 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 Automatic Shutter Grille System that lowers aerodynamic drag, uprated aluminum alloy wheel sizes to 17 or 18 inches on all trims 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 and rear outboard 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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