Already in October 2016, the fifth generation of the Honda CR-V was introduced to the US market, and in the fall of 2018 the new SUV must come to us. The design is more rigid than the predecessor. Wider fenders, engine bonnet and rear with more sharp edges, the front and rear bumpers are also refined. "A hint"that the SUV can optionally be equipped with Honda's i-MMD hybrid system, makes the radiator grille - it's hiding blinds that open only when needed, making the car more aerodynamic.
Looking at the interior, one immediately notices the"jump"that CR-V does. Evolution is not limited to the larger number of trivial compartments and the central console, functional as a Swiss knife. Thanks to its increased 4-cm wheelbase CR-V has become so spacious on the inside that Honda for the first time offers third-row seats. Only in infotainment equipment the Japanese are slightly lagging behind. Dashboard tools digitize through the cockpit, but look a bit outdated. And the navigation system is not only poorly integrated but also has some slow software.
In the fifth generation of the SUV, the rack has become even bigger and deeper. New is the flexible floor that takes away the volume, but also guarantees a flat surface when folding the seats. The electric rear cover also has gesture control. And in order not to hit the ceiling of lower parking lots, the height of the opening can be adjusted.
AUTO BILD is testing the new Honda CR-V in Los Angeles. Under the bonnet of our test car, the car was almost the"microscopic"of the American 1.5-liter turbocharger, which, however, mobilized the stable 190"horse"and propelled the machine. As we are accustomed to the Japanese, the miniature is combined with an in-flight (CVT) transmission. In terms of it, engineers deserve praise as they have eliminated the"trolley"effect at acceleration to the maximum. However, do not expect a sporting driving sensation - if you're looking for it, better target a manual transmission. Combined with the US soft suspension, you'd prefer to"carry"at a slower pace - especially through the Hollywood Hills canyons. Modifications to the EU are more likely to have a more rigid suspension setting. In the US, however, the car is designed as a comfortable family conveyor - rather than accelerating the driver's pulse.
The CR-V will also be available with a hybrid i-MMD system with an electric propulsion engine, a 2-liter gasoline i-VTEC with 4 cylinders and a separate generator. The SUV comes without a conventional transmission - thanks to the electric motors, the transmission ratio is sufficiently fixed. The conventional 1.5-liter turbo VTEC is available in varying degrees of power. The unit can be combined either with a 6-speed manual transmission or with stepless automatic and front or 4x4 drive. Diesel engine is not present in the range.