New Honda CR-V uncovered

Honda CR-V Honda has revealed images and further information on the new European CR-V due to be launched in the UK this October.

 Since it was first introduced in 1995, over five million CR-Vs have been sold across the world and the new, fourth generation has been comprehensively redesigned for the European market and builds on the success of its predecessors with greater quality, practicality and refinement.

For the first time, the CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two- and four-wheel drive on the 2.0 i-VTEC model, while improvements to the petrol and 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engines have achieved a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the new model takes on a more assertive and aerodynamic stance with a bolder nose section. The front bumper is joined by a horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights. The lower front bumper is designed to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle. The CR-V’s signature vertical rear brake lights, which debuted on the original model, remain but introduce a more three-dimensional style. The CR-V’s large wheels and bold wheel arches further emphasise its dynamic presence and capability.

Honda CR-V The CR-V has been designed as a global car, but the European model features a number of exterior refinements developed specifically for this market. A revised front bumper emphasises its dynamic appeal, while front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights are further additions.

Finding the perfect balance between a car and an SUV influenced every element of the development process, including the exterior styling. Exterior Designer Manabu Konaka explains: “The CR-V has always been a car for every occasion. It can be both casual and formal, but the appearance must always convey solidity and reliability.” The length and height of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space.

With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a capacious 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.

Honda CR-V The addition of a keyless entry system and the power tailgate make it easier for owners to use the boot space and enhanced practicality. Within Honda’s global CR-V line-up, this power tailgate is unique to the European market.

Interior Design- Quality and Functionality

“The first thing that we wanted to achieve with the interior design was a feeling of openness,” says the Interior Designer, Takehiro Ishibashi.

The influence of this thinking can be seen in the fascia design. “There are a number of horizontal layers which help emphasise the feeling of space,” says Nakagawa. “We call this ‘lean-layered’ design. By arranging the major functions in a series of layers, you create an ergonomically-efficient environment that is very intuitive.” The major controls have been further grouped according to their function, with a ‘driver interface zone’ behind the steering wheel and an ‘information interface zone’ in the centre of the cabin.

The materials used have been carefully chosen for the European market. Care has also been taken to achieve a significant reduction in the engine and road noise entering the cabin. Sound insulation material has been applied to the floorpan below the passenger compartment, while sound absorption material has been fitted to the rear door, rear wheel arches, door frames, front bulkhead and bonnet. The doors now also feature a double seal. The net result is a 3dB reduction in cabin noise compared to the current CR-V.

Honda CR-V This high quality ambience is further enhanced by an impressive range of equipment. In the cabin attention focuses on the 5 inch “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID), which controls the audio, telephone and navigation systems (where fitted). In order to emphasise the feeling of space inside, the door casings have been sculptured to create a concave shape. This has also allowed the front seat occupants to be moved closer to the sides of the car, making it easier to step in and out. As a consequence, more space has been created between the seats for a centre console that houses two cup holders, storage compartment, an armrest and air vents for the rear seats.

The front seats also incorporate a whiplash mitigation system. Slits in the material of the seat back, folds in the cushion spring and a rotating mechanism on the spring combine to absorb the occupant’s energy in the event of an accident, alleviating the risk of whiplash injuries. The seats work in conjunction with the CRV’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE™) body structure.

The hip point of the rear passenger seats has been lowered by 38mm compared to the current model, resulting in a more comfortable seating position and increased headroom. Moreover, a change in the design of the rear seats has allowed Honda’s engineers to introduce Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seats, which can be folded flat in one swift movement. At the pull of a handle, the CR-V can be transformed from a five-seater passenger car into a versatile load-lugger. “This is a feature of which I am particularly proud,” says Ishibashi. “It will make a big difference to how our customers use their CR-V.” 

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