Forward of the sixth-generation Honda CR-V‘s Malaysian launch, which is predicted later this month, Honda Malaysia has been previewing the SUV through a collection of buyer showcases at chosen dealerships throughout the nation. The previews, which began within the East Coast late final month, lastly arrived within the central area over the weekend, and it was right here that we caught up with the Malaysian-spec fashions.
As with the HR-V and WR-V previews up to now, the autos had been proven behind a draped space, with no images allowed. Whereas solely two fashions within the line-up had been proven, the viewing confirmed that we’ll be getting 4 variant grades of the brand new CR-V for our market, with the vary consisting of a 1.5L S, 1.5L E, 1.5L V AWD and a range-topping 2.0L e:HEV RS, the nomenclatures mirroring that of the HR-V vary.
The corporate has lastly discontinued the two.0L i-VTEC naturally-aspirated engine, final seen on the entry-level 2WD variant on the fifth-gen facelift, which suggests the Malaysian CR-V line-up is now out there solely in turbocharged or hybrid types.
The 1.5L S, 1.5L E and 1.5L V AWD are petrol turbo items, utilising the 1.5L VTEC Turbo from the fifth-gen, carried over largely unchanged. As such, the L15BE DOHC VTEC turbo four-pot continues on with 193 PS (190 hp) at 5,600 rpm and 243 Nm from 2,000 to five,000 rpm. The partnering transmission stays the acquainted Earth Desires CVT.
As for the top-of-the-line hybrid, it’s powered by an Clever Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system, just like that seen on the Civic e:HEV RS, combining the workings of an electrical motor and petrol engine. The latter is a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, which acts primarily as a generator.
No numbers for the MY-spec DI mill, however in Thailand the unit gives 148 PS (146 hp) at 6,100 rpm and 183 Nm of torque by itself. The ultimate determine for our automobile could also be completely different, as highlighted through the Civic e:HEV -here, the mill gives 143 PS (141 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 189 Nm of torque, marginally larger than that of the Thailand-spec model (141 PS and 182 Nm), resulting from our higher gas high quality.
The electrical motor handles a lot of the propulsion duties, however the petrol engine can present direct drive – through a lock-up clutch – at larger speeds for higher effectivity. When it comes to output, the e-motor develops 184 PS (181 hp, or 135 kW) and 335 Nm, the latter 20 Nm greater than on the Civic utility.
Whereas the hybrid CR-V is on the market in each two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive guise in Thailand, Malaysia shall be getting the e:HEV in its two-wheel drive configuration, and so drive is distributed to the entrance wheels through an electrical constantly variable transmission (e-CVT).
The RS specification for the Malaysian mannequin is exclusive, not simply because it’s the primary time the grade is being discovered on the mannequin, however as a result of the RS trim stage is just for the AWD in Thailand, the 2WD for that market being an ES model.
The previews showcased the two.0L e:HEV RS hybrid and 1.5L V AWD turbo variants, which supplied a more in-depth have a look at numerous new-to-model options. These embrace mechanically adjustable rear seats (fore-aft, seatback tilt), Qi wi-fi charging (from E onwards) and an Energetic Shutter Grille (RS solely). From the V on, there’s a driver seat reminiscence operate, a 360-degree digicam and a Honda key card, whereas the RS provides on a HUD.
Whereas the 1.5L E and 1.5L S have but to be sighted and their specs totally revealed, we will let you know that the bottom 1.5 S will include material seats, a 7.0-inch TFT show display screen in its instrument panel, a 7.0-inch infotainment central show and can journey on 17-inch alloy wheels.
From the E on, the upholstery is leather-based, introduced in black, and a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment unit goes in place. Like on the Civic, each the E and V get a seven-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, with the speedometer being analogue. The hybrid RS is the one variant to characteristic a ten.25-inch full digital instrument show.
From the E, the CR-V rides on 18-inch 5 double-spoke items, completed in silver for the E and V, whereas the RS is shod with Berlina Black gloss items. Tyres on all of the 18-inch items are 235/60 profile Toyo Proxes R45, the identical unit that was authentic fitment on the fifth-gen RW right here.
As for inside trim, all three petrol variations, together with the AWD, get dark-wood panel inserts on the dashboard and door playing cards, whereas the RS will get aluminium-finish silver accent inserts with gloss black surrounds. Moreover, the RS will get purple distinction stitching on the upholstery, steering wheel, gear shift lever cowl and on the door playing cards.
In the meantime, the headliner for the petrol variants are in mild gray, whereas that on the RS is in black.
Moreover, the RS can be the one mannequin to characteristic a 12-speaker Bose audio system, marking the primary time a branded sound system is getting used on a mannequin right here. The variant can be the one one to get Adaptive Driving Beam for its LED headlights.
Current on the V AWD was a hands-free energy tailgate and the automaker’s LaneWatch facet digicam system, and the latter ought to be out there throughout the mannequin vary. In Thailand, Honda Sensing is commonplace throughout the board, and barring any surprises, that also needs to be the case right here. The hybrid RS may also characteristic Honda Join telematics with telephone app.
As for exterior colors, 5 shall be out there right here, with the palette led by a brand new Canyon River Blue Metallic. Not like Thailand, the actual color isn’t only for the e:HEV hybrid, provided that the V AWD on the preview was completed at the hours of darkness blue shade. The opposite 4 colors are Ignite Crimson Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.
Whereas there’s nonetheless no official indication of pricing, we hear from dependable sources that costs of the petrol CR-V vary is predicted to be within the “RM160k plus to RM180k” zone, which, ought to be this the case, would imply a marginal enhance from the RM165,800 to RM170,400 seen on the facelift turbo variants. No phrase on what the e:HEV will go for, however as talked about beforehand, it might properly breach the RM200k mark. We’ll know in just a few weeks.
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