2017 Honda CRV has had its ups and downs over the past few years, but the CR-V is one of the rocks upon which the house stands. Through October 2016, the compact crossover accounted for almost one-quarter of Honda’s annual volume in North America. And the automaker knows that if you want the bread to keep rolling in, you don’t mess with the butter. Indeed, the old CR-V is selling so well that the new model is having a secret launch of sorts. Due to go on sale December 21, the new CR-V has been discussed only in muted tones, so as to keep sales of the current model humming.
The CR-V is Honda’s long-running compact crossover and slots between the subcompact HR-V and three-row Pilot crossovers. The Honda CR-V has grown in size over the past 20 years, making room for the HR-V below it in the lineup.
EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN
We expected more, but on the 2017 Honda CRV we won’t see a complete redesign. There will be no major changes, but engineers have prepared a lot of modifications and updates. Anyway, the new 2017 Honda CRV will look awesome, as always. At the front end we will surely be able to notice new grille and a sensual bumper which gives a compact and sturdy look to the front fascia. Headlights with modern reflectors and new fog lights will be some of the new characteristics. When it comes to the dimensions of the vehicle, they will remain the same, and complete exterior appearance of the car won’t get any additional changes. Unlike the exterior appearance, the interior will experience a huge makeover. There we will be able to see some new category of seats with ten levels of adjustment, heating options, leather upholstery and rear seats with foldable option. The new Honda CRV will be equipped with the latest technology features and gadgets like: seven inch high resolution touch screen display, USB connectivity, Bluetooth, Speed sensitive volume control, six large speakers with sub-woofer and other entertainment features. 2017 Honda CRV model will receive a new upgraded suspension, which will improve its handling, stability, precision and agility.
Honda’s determination to put some excitement back into its products manifests in the CR-V with excellent chassis dynamics and sharp steering. A stiffer steering column and fluid-filled suspension bushings are said to deliver both better ride compliance and more precise path control. You can rush this car if you need to without everything falling apart and your passengers screaming for relief. It holds a corner with confidence and connects you with a direct line to the pavement. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that one of project leader Takaaki Nagadome’s first jobs at Honda was body engineering for the original NSX.
As in the Civic, the CR-V’s automatic is continuously variable on paper but feels like a conventional step-gear transmission in motion. It “upshifts” at the top of each ratio, the numerical value of which is known only to the software. It could be said that the Honda CVT gives us the best of both worlds: step-gear familiarity combined with continuous variability that is invisible to the driver. And, unlike conventional automatics, there’s virtually no kickdown shock when you leg the accelerator for passing.
2017 Honda CRV ENGINE
The 2017 Honda CRV will be powered with a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine which might be borrowed from HR-V model. It will be capable to produce 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. Honda CRV might also feature a hybrid engine which is made for the nature lovers. Other options are probably going to be 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter petrol engines. First one will be capable to deliver 155 horsepower while the bigger one will be able to produce 185 horsepower.
Honda is moving the interior upscale, adding premium trim bits for the high-end trim. The feature we’re most enthusiastic about is the simplest: a physical volume knob. An available 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system offers Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility and Garmin navigation. We’ve been frustrated by the infuriating controls on recent Honda audio systems, so we will be particularly interested to see how this one is executed.
All CR-Vs include a rearview camera. Advanced safety gear such as forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warning come with the EX trim. In addition, the EX, EX-L, and Touring will include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist. No current competitor matches this level of equipment.
As before, the base LX will come with an appealing starting price, but most buyers are likely to opt for the EX for the added convenience and safety features.
HONDA CRV RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
According to some sources the new 2017 Honda CRV Hybrid should cost around $55,000 although it’s perhaps a little more than the expected price. Hopefully it will be on the market by the end of next the year.