2019 HONDA CR-V HYBRID
Added: 17 December 2018
1. Introduction: All-new version of the Honda CR-V
First time that a Honda SUV is available as a hybrid in Europe
Improved comfort, convenience and connectivity
More spacious and versatile than ever
Since the introduction of the first-generation model in 1995, the Honda CR-V has continuously improved throughout each generation. This latest evolution of the popular compact SUV has been developed to exceed the expectations of customers, with enhanced and unique characteristics. The new CR-V now features a range of sophisticated technologies and superior quality throughout.
In a first for a Honda SUV in Europe, the all-new Honda CR-V will be available with advanced hybrid powertrain technology. The hybrid system uses intelligent Multi Mode Drive technology (i-MMD) combining two electric motors, an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, lithium-ion battery and a fixed-gear transmission to deliver high levels of refinement, responsiveness and efficiency. It is available in both FWD and AWD formats.
The 2019 CR-V has a fresh and sophisticated exterior design, with broader, muscular wheel arches, sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, as well as the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic.
The new model raises the bar in terms of interior quality, sophistication and spaciousness. Benchmarked against premium-brand products, it delivers improved ride quality, steering response, body control and NVH management. Evolved in every way, the all-new CR-V delivers more comfort, convenience and connectivity than ever before.
The all-new CR-V’s slightly larger exterior proportions, longer wheelbase and wider stance enable a significantly larger interior. Best-in-class space efficiency is highlighted by the generous space available for all occupants, as well as a wider, deeper boot with a longer load bay. A hands-free power tailgate enables convenient loading access.
Clever features make the new CR-V easier to use every day. For example, the height of the tailgate when opened can be programmed to avoid contact with low ceilings, while cabin flexibility is boosted by a three-mode centre-console storage, and new single-action ‘dive down’ 60:40 split-fold second-row seat backs that enable faster, easier loading.
The platform design incorporates Honda’s exclusive next-generation ACE™ (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, which employs a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly. In addition, standard across the range is Honda Sensing™, among the most comprehensive suites of active safety and driver-assistive technologies in the class, combining radar and camera information to assist the driver.
2. Sophisticated and sporty exterior design, with a familiar silhouette and premium-quality interior
Fresh exterior design with a longer wheelbase, larger wheels and tyres for a muscular, athletic stance
Modern and dynamic SUV styling that omits unnecessary lines
Advanced aerodynamics, including the first application on a CR-V of Honda’s Active Shutter Grille system
Premium interior conveys strength and solidity, finished in highly tactile materials
The all-new Honda CR-V retains the familiar silhouette, with an evolutionary design that is sophisticated and sporty. The new CR-V has a fresh exterior design, with broader wheel arches and sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, as well as the latest Honda signature headlight graphic.
Key design principles for the new CR-V were to create a modern and dynamic SUV that was also highly functional. Honda aimed for a refined and sophisticated proposition, with clean and contemporary styling that omits unnecessary lines.
One of the fundamental changes made by engineers was to extend the length of the wheelbase by 30mm. This change not only provides more space inside but contributes to the more muscular stance of the SUV, with the wheels now placed closer to each corner. A large wheel-and-tyre combination, coupled with a short rear overhang and dual exhaust tailpipes, enhances the athletic impact of the car.
At the front, a bold design integrates the latest Honda family ‘face’, including the solid wing graphic and signature headlight shape, with LED illumination as standard. A solidly sculpted front bumper, with cleaner surfacing compared to its predecessor, frames a slim grille in the front valance. Sharp contours on the bonnet lead the eye up to a sleek, flush-mounted windscreen, from where the roofline flows back to a tailgate spoiler.
The rear haunches are more heavily contoured compared to the previous generation CR-V, complemented by wider arches over all four wheels. Its dynamic appearance is enhanced by a high, taut shoulder line – increasing the volume beneath – and a lustrous trim strip that rises as it runs from behind the front wheels to the rear of the car.
A kink in the top window line, as it reaches the back of the car, runs in parallel with the contour of the tailgate. The chrome finisher strip turns back on itself sharply, joining the flick up from the belt-line at the bottom of the window area, further enhancing the dynamic aesthetic.
Sharply sculpted LED rear lights flow away from the trailing edge of the shoulder line, then wrap around the rear of the car to create an L-shaped graphic on each side that contains the rear window glass. It is finished by a chrome solid wing bar that runs the width of the tailgate between the lenses.
Customers can choose from eight exterior colours: solid Rallye Red, metallic Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, Cosmic Blue and Premium Crystal Red, and pearlescent Platinum White, Crystal Black and Premium Agate Brown.
All versions of the CR-V Hybrid are equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, and top-grade cars also feature a panoramic glass sunroof as standard.
The all-new Honda CR-V is one of the most aerodynamically efficient vehicle in its class* and was developed with a combination of computational fluid dynamics, scale-model wind-tunnel testing, and Honda’s first full-scale wind-tunnel testing incorporating a moving floor.
Narrow A-pillars offset the large shoulder volume and frame a flush-mounted windscreen above neatly recessed wiper arms. Combined with the carefully sculpted front bumper, air disturbance is reduced around the leading edge of the car. A sleek roofline, featuring a fin-type antenna, is complemented by under-engine and under-floor covers that enable a smooth flow of air above and beneath the CR-V, which helps reduce drag, whilst improving stability.
The rear bumper edges are contoured towards the centre of the car, ending in sharp creases at each side. In combination with the prominent edges for the rear light lenses higher up the body, these creases help to detach airflow cleanly from the sides. A functional spoiler at the top of the tailgate further reduces disturbance at the rear. The overall reduction in aerodynamic drag compared to the previous CR-V not only aids fuel efficiency, but also helps reduce the booming effect from body panels and extrusions improving interior quietness.
Air inlets at the front, beneath the chrome Honda badge on the nose, feature Honda’s Active Shutter Grille system to improve fuel efficiency. By default, the system keeps the grille shutters closed as much as possible, even in city driving, to improve the aerodynamic performance. However, when required, the system operates an electronic step motor to open the grille shutters as much as necessary to allow airflow into the engine bay. A central processor tracks major temperature parameters for engine coolant, transmission oil and air-conditioning requirements, to determine the ideal state for the shutters.
Premium quality interior
A strong horizontal emphasis applied to the instrument panel and fascia layout enhances the feel of spaciousness in the cabin. Sleek design conveys a sense of strength and solidity, while the use of highly tactile materials reinforce the premium ambience.
An expansive and intricately-stitched soft-touch panel sweeps across the width of the cabin, bisected by a gloss black accent, and the upper sections of the door panels feature soft-touch caps for driver and passenger comfort. Honda has increased the space in the front footwells by raising the lowest parts of the dashboard.
Smooth and sophisticated wood-effect trim, applied to the door cards and lower section of the dashboard, provides a dash of natural colour. The option of premium silver style trims will also be available. Lustrous metallic trim embellishes the air vent bezels, steering wheel trim, door handles and the climate control panel, adding a contemporary finish. Premium seat upholstery is plush black fabric as standard, while high-quality supple leather is available in a choice of black or ivory for upper grade models.
Honda has rationalised the screen layout compared to the previous generation CR-V, now featuring just one central touchscreen in addition to the 7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII) visible through the steering wheel. The control knob layout has also been simplified, including a simple cluster for air-conditioning management located beneath the touchscreen.
Class-leading forward visibility is afforded by a narrow section for the A-pillars, which are 10mm thinner than the previous model, improving the outward viewing angle. Honda has, nonetheless been able to maintain the superior safety characteristics of the pillars by using ultra high-strength steel. The view of the road from over the bonnet has also been improved, thanks to a reduction of 60mm in the body area not visible to the driver.
Hybrid system controls
The drive selector controls for the new Honda CR-V Hybrid are positioned in the centre console, with a design that uses a compact switch-style transmission selector rather than a conventional lever. Drive, Park and Neutral functions require a button push, while Reverse requires a pull-up action. A bespoke ‘Sport’ mode, which can be activated via the drive selector, enables a more responsive throttle input for the hybrid system. If there is sufficient charge in the battery, a short-range pure EV mode is also available at the touch of a button, providing a zero-emissions range of around 2km (1.2 miles) depending on the driving conditions and battery charge.
Full smartphone integration
The second-generation Honda Connect software in the new CR-V offers enhanced intuitive operation and full, seamless smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Integration with Apple CarPlay means that Honda Connect now brings iPhone functionality to the driving experience, delivering the interface through the CR-V’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from the touchscreen or by voice using Apple’s Siri commands.
Android Auto has been designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way to use Android smartphones through both touch and voice interfaces, minimising the potential for distraction. Supported features include Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous other popular apps, depending on the market.
Driver Information Interface
Ahead of the steering wheel sits an all-new instrument binnacle, featuring a large full-colour 7-inch TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) central display, flanked by battery charge status and fuel-level gauges.
The CR-V Hybrid’s DII includes a large digital speedometer and linear power gauge with a charge status indicator. Integrated into the lower half of the DII is a ‘content zone’, which the driver can scroll through to choose from a variety of information, including navigation instructions, audio track information, smartphone contacts, all-wheel-drive system status, and smart vehicle maintenance information. It also features a graphic of the current power flow, indicating the vehicle’s power source at any given moment, status updates on if the battery is being charged, and an ‘ECO Guide’ to suggest more efficient driving techniques. In addition drivers can monitor their efficiency over time with a drive cycle score, earning points depicted by leaf icons in the display, increasing or decreasing as a different stage of fuel economy is achieved.
Scrolling and selecting the information to display in the DII is performed via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. It gives the driver the capability to scroll through the DII modes and adjust settings, perform alphabetic searches – of contacts or music tracks, for example – as well as select the preferred information to display in the instrument binnacle’s DII. Also on the left spoke of the steering wheel are the integrated Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® telephone controls. The combination of thumbpad controls and DII display in the driver’s forward line-of-sight helps to minimise distractions while underway.
A second thumbpad on the right spoke of the steering wheel operates the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist system settings.
* (Honda internal test data)
3. Honda Hybrid Performance brings new levels of refinement, responsiveness and efficiency
First time that a Honda SUV in Europe is available as a hybrid
Honda Hybrid Performance systems uses Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive technology to shuffle between power sources
Near-silent powertrain and unique fixed-gear transmission deliver outstanding refinement
Combined average CO2 from 120 g/km with fuel economy of up to 53.3 mpg (FWD version - correlated NEDC*)
In a first for a Honda SUV in Europe, the all-new Honda CR-V is available with advanced hybrid powertrain technology. The Honda Hybrid Performance system is enabled by Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) technology, comprising two electric motors, a power control unit, an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed gear transmission delivering high levels of refinement, responsiveness and efficiency.
The CR-V Hybrid is equipped with an efficient 2.0-litre i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, with peak power of 143bhp (145PS) at 6,200 rpm, and a powerful 181bhp (184PS) electric motor with torque of 315Nm. The petrol-electric powertrain can propel the CR-V Hybrid from zero to 62mph in 8.8 seconds in FWD guise, and in 9.2s for the AWD model. The top speed of the Hybrid is 112mph.
The front-wheel drive CR-V Hybrid has achieved CO2 emissions of 120 g/km (correlated NEDC*), with official average fuel economy of 53.3 mpg. The four-wheel drive CR-V Hybrid achieved CO2 emissions of 126 g/km (correlated NEDC*) and average fuel economy of 51.4mpg.
Intelligent driving modes
Honda’s unique i-MMD technology is so-named as it intelligently and automatically switches between three driving modes to provide the highest possible efficiency when driving. These modes comprise: EV Drive, where the lithium-ion battery supplies power to the electric propulsion motor directly; Hybrid Drive, where the engine supplies power to an electric generator motor, which in turn supplies it to the electric propulsion motor; and Engine Drive, where the engine is connected directly to the wheels via a lock-up clutch.
In most urban driving situations, the CR-V Hybrid will shuffle between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency. In Hybrid Drive, excess power from the petrol engine can also be diverted to recharge the battery via the generator motor. EV Drive permits pure-electric propulsion and gives the CR-V a zero-emissions range of around 1.2 miles (2km) depending on the driving condition and battery charge. The Engine Drive mode is the most efficient set-up for cruising at higher speeds and it can be supplemented by an on-demand power ‘boost’ from the electric propulsion motor to supplement engine torque under certain conditions
At a 40mph cruise, the CR-V Hybrid will typically run in EV Drive for more than half of the time. At 62mph the car will be in EV Drive for approximately one third of the time, whilst achieving the CRV’s maximum speed, the car will run in Hybrid Drive.
The software ‘brain’ of the i-MMD system decides when to shuffle between these modes to maximise efficiency, without disturbing the driver or requiring any further thought or input from them.
The 2.0-litre engine, propulsion motor, generator motor and power control unit are located under the bonnet, while the lithium-ion battery pack is housed under the boot.
Innovative fixed-gear transmission
Rather than using a conventional transmission, a single fixed-gear ratio creates a direct connection between moving components, resulting in a smoother transfer of torque. This format means Honda’s system is more compact than a planetary eCVT typically found in other hybrid vehicles, as well as being more refined.
Engineers on the CR-V Hybrid programme have worked hard to ensure that the transfer between power sources – including the engine stop-start function – is virtually imperceptible to the occupants. The smooth transfer of torque means there is no driveline shunt or undesirable feedback through the pedals or steering wheel, and the near-silent powertrain means the CR-V Hybrid boasts outstanding NVH management.
The fixed-gear format of Honda’s i-MMD system has been specifically tuned for the European market to provide a linear feel through acceleration, with optimised calibration between throttle input and powertrain response, to ensure the engine sound matches the driver’s expectations. In addition, the first application of Active Sound Control to CR-V also enriches the drivers experience delivering the natural sound of acceleration relative to the engine speed.
Deceleration Paddle Selector system
The CR-V Hybrid is equipped with a Deceleration Paddle Selector system, which allows the driver to adjust the car's rate of deceleration using paddles behind the steering wheel. The default rate of deceleration, which is displayed on the 7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII), is indicated by a single chevron symbol. The number of chevrons displayed increases in line with the rate of deceleration, up to a maximum of four.
By pulling back the paddle on the left side of the steering wheel (indicated by a minus symbol), the rate of deceleration is increased. This action effectively slows down the car more quickly. By pulling back the paddle on the right side of the steering wheel (indicated by a plus symbol), the driver can decrease the rate of deceleration slowing down the car more gently. Regenerative braking is utilised throughout the deceleration stage.
In normal driving, manual adjustment to the rate of deceleration is temporary, and will automatically cancel when driving at a constant speed or accelerating. When the car is in Sport mode, the manually-selected rate of deceleration will be held until it is cancelled by the driver.
4. The most sophisticated CR-V chassis ever, with engaging dynamics and exemplary ride comfort
Chassis is lighter and more rigid than ever before, enabling advanced dynamic tuning and NVH management
Platform features new generation of ultra-high tensile steel, for improved refinement, dynamics and crash-worthiness
Innovative assembly techniques further enhance overall rigidity
All-new suspension delivers a comfortable and quiet driving experience
Class-leading interior refinement, incorporating noise cancellation
The all-new CR-V is based on Honda’s latest chassis design, which is the most sophisticated ever engineered for a CR-V and ensures the car delivers exceptional refinement, an engaging driving experience and exemplary ride comfort.
The lightweight and rigid construction features a low centre of gravity, with sophisticated front and rear suspension systems, new control technologies, and new variable-ratio steering. Honda’s latest all-wheel drive technology – the ‘Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™’ – together with increased ground clearance, gives the CR-V Hybrid genuine all-terrain capability.
The low-inertia and highly rigid platform is enabled through a new body construction that uses lightweight, high-tensile materials that are among the most advanced in the industry. Honda has worked closely with a supplier of a new generation of ultra-high strength hot-stamped steel, which increases strength and reduces the overall weight of the entire body frame. Use of hot-stamp ultra-high strength steel increases from 0% in the previous CR-V to nearly 9% in the all-new model. The combined use of high-strength 780 MPa, 980 MPa and 1500 MPa steel is 36% in the new CR-V, compared to 9% on the previous car.
Advanced new unibody
Superior materials and sophisticated engineering processes underpin the CR-V’s new platform design, and have helped to create a chassis that is lighter than that of the previous generation CR-V, yet with a 25% increase in torsional stiffness. The rigidity of the unibody contributes significantly to the car’s impressive NVH characteristics.
The body assembly process also involves an innovative high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, which sees the outer frame assembled first, followed by inner assembly and the joints. This new production technology contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body.
Short-pitch welding places spot welds 20mm apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to traditional spacing of between 40mm and 45mm. This further contributes to increased stiffness and durability.
These design, engineering and manufacturing innovations result in a 35% increase in the body's global bending rigidity compared to the previous generation CR-V, and a 25% increase in torsional rigidity. This in turn provides a greater opportunity to tune the suspension for superior ride and handling performance, and helps to safeguard European standards of quality and refinement.
Class-leading interior refinement
The all-new platform also contributes to class-leading interior quietness and refinement, which complements the CR-V’s petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. The exemplary management of NVH is the result of minimising the generation of noise and vibration, their transfer through the body structure, and extensive sound sealing and insulation techniques. The CR-V Hybrid has been tuned with a keener focus on making the driving experience as quiet, comfortable and refined as possible.
Minimising the noise of the IC engine is aided through the first application of Honda’s Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) in a CR-V, which is standard across the range. ANC is designed to reduce low-frequency noise in the interior. It uses two in-cabin microphones to monitor for such noises from the powertrain and can then create precisely timed ‘reverse phase’ audio signals to cancel them out. The system operates whenever the car is running, regardless of whether the audio system is on or off.
Powertrain noise is further mitigated by dedicated front, side and rear bonnet seals, a bonnet insulator panel, an engine under-cover and dedicated insulation material within the dashboard. In the cabin, a one-piece carpet liner – which is of a bespoke grade for the Hybrid model – adds further isolation from exterior noise.
Strategically placed body sealants, as well as acoustic separators inside the A-, B- and C-pillars, and the flush-mounted windscreen, contribute to the overall cabin quietness. The separators in the pillars reduce the transmission of noise from the floor area into the cabin, while 360-degree moulded triple door seals reduce wind noise and improve isolation. Each side window also has sealing blocks in the lower front and rear corners to fill the gaps between the body and the glass and further reduce noise intrusion.
The large body panels are shaped using computer aided engineering (CAE) with a specific goal of reducing booming noise. Acoustic undercovers and insulators for the front and rear wheel arches, as well as the cabin and boot floors, further reduce road noise and vibration.
Rewarding dynamics and exemplary comfort
All-new suspension and a boost in body rigidity contribute to the most engaging and sophisticated driving experience ever found with a CR-V. Ride comfort is improved over its predecessor, with a new mechanical setup and the integration of advanced compliance-boosting technologies.
A wider body stance and longer wheelbase contribute to improved stability of this generation CR-V, which is complemented by a larger wheel and tyre size combination and an increase of 27mm in ground clearance for the hybrid version.
The sophisticated platform provides the best foundation to create the most engaging and dynamic CR-V in the models history. The engineering team set out to create a highly agile SUV with linear responses, under the ‘one motion, one input’ concept that focuses on predictability and immediacy of the dynamic experience.
At the front, a MacPherson strut arrangement provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance. Dual pinion variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering – as also featured on the latest Honda Civic – has been specifically tuned for the CR-V and for European markets. The system delivers exceptional feedback, with instantaneous responses that improve linearity, smoothness and accuracy.
Vibration transfer to the steering wheel is minimised by increasing the steering column diameter to 30mm – 36% wider than on the previous CR-V – and locating the lightweight steering motor on the dual pinion rack, rather than in the conventional position on the steering column. Low-speed manoeuvrability has improved, with a 26% reduction in lock-to-lock measurement, down to 2.3 turns.
At the rear, an all-new multi-link set-up delivers increased stability for predictable high-speed driving, superior ride comfort and more linear handling. A solid rear stabiliser bar sharpens turn-in and reduces body roll, while a new floating, rubber-mounted, subframe structure improves noise isolation over the previous CR-V.
Hydraulic suspension bushings, normally reserved for luxury-class vehicles, are fitted at the front and rear, resulting in superior ride isolation as well as enhanced chassis vibration control.
Helping stop the CR-V Hybrid are larger brakes than fitted to any previous CR-V, with 320mm discs at the front and 310mm discs at the rear; enhanced through the addition of an electric brake booster (EBB). This helps deliver class-leading braking performance and feel by calibrating braking performance to vehicle speed and driver input. This allows the car to build up superior hydraulic pressure more quickly, and with less pedal effort, in all braking situations compared to conventional systems.
The CR-V Hybrid’s i-MMD technology also employs a regenerative braking system to capture energy that would otherwise be lost when the car is decelerating.
Agile Handling Assist (AHA)
Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (AHA) is fitted to the CR-V for the first time. The electronic stability system has been specially tuned for the European market to reflect typical road surface conditions and driving styles. It provides subtle, discreet assistance for added safety and smoother, more predictable vehicle behaviour at both low and high speeds, with gentle and rapid steering inputs.
5. Improved technologies enhance CR-V’s real-world AWD performance and off-road ability
Increased ground clearance compared to its predecessor
Latest version of Honda’s AWD software boosts off-road agility and enhances cornering dynamics
AWD system disconnects for higher efficiency when rear-wheel torque not required
New CR-V’s off-road capability is improved even from the base platform design, as it offers higher ground clearance than its predecessor with no impact on the centre of gravity.
Clearance underneath the car is increased to 182mm for front-wheel-drive hybrid models, and to 192mm for all-wheel-drive hybrid models. Both increases deliver a 27mm higher stance than the previous CR-V. The ground clearance is in part helped by the larger-diameter wheel and tyre combinations, which also convey a more muscular stance.
Honda’s latest all-wheel drive technology – the ‘Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™’ – is calibrated to deliver optimum fuel efficiency and driveability. It supports the front axle for smooth and efficient driving, even in everyday conditions, for example through powering the rear wheels when starting from a stop.
The all-wheel drive system employs a multi-plate clutch, which connects the propshaft to the rear differential, and is operated by an electric motor driving a hydraulic pump. Its lightweight and fuel-efficient design provides an optimal balance of performance, with increased capability and security both on- and off-road, without adding unnecessary weight to the powertrain. When torque transfer to the rear wheels is not required, such as during high-speed cruising, the propshaft is decoupled to reduce mechanical drag.
Through revisions to the software calibration, the new AWD system also offers more dynamic cornering performance though feedback from the yaw rate sensor and steering sensor, in addition to the linear control of the actuator.
Software updates to the AWD system result in the ability to now send up to around 60% of torque to the rear wheels when required, as well as an overall increase in torque through the system – up 10% to 550Nm. The result is improved performance in low-traction conditions, as well as more responsive and capable hill-climbing performance.
6. Class-leading space efficiency in the largest CR-V cabin ever
Long wheelbase and wider stance enable a significantly bigger interior
More space and smart storage solutions for all occupants
Biggest ever load bay ‘footprint’ with generous luggage capacity
Advanced convenience features including single-action ‘dive down’ seats and hands-free power tailgate
The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in terms of interior quality, sophistication and versatility, with slightly larger exterior proportions than its predecessor that enable a significantly more spacious interior.
All occupants are afforded generous space, thanks to a wider stance and a long wheelbase of 2,662mm – increased by approximately 30mm over the previous model – that provides a 50mm increase in the ‘tandem distance’ between first- and second-row seating. The driver and front passenger benefit from a 5mm increase in headroom and 16mm more hip room compared to the previous-generation CR-V, while thinner and flatter proportions for the fuel tank ahead of the rear wheels contributes to an additional 50mm of legroom for second-row passengers.
The front seatbacks of the new CR-V are sculpted to deliver optimum comfort for the driver and front passenger, while being as slim as possible to increase second-row legroom.
Four-way power lumbar support is provided for front seat occupants, which offers 80mm of vertical adjustment and 35mm of longitudinal adjustment. Energy-saving, fast-warming heated seats are also available, with heated seat cushions for front and rear occupants, and heated seat backs for the driver and front passenger.
More versatile than ever
The new CR-V features the biggest ever loading bay ‘footprint’ in the model line’s history. The 160mm increase in width and a maximum loading length of 1,830mm – up 250mm on the previous model – can accommodate a 19.5-inch frame mountain bike.
New single-action ‘dive down’ 60:40 split-fold seatbacks enable faster, easier loading, and a completely flat surface for larger items. Dropping either section of the second-row bench seat can be done single-handedly; the seat base lowers towards the floor to enable the rear seatback to lie flat on top of it. The seatback can be ‘reset’ single-handedly as well.
On top grades, a hands-free power tailgate is available, which features a height-setting function. Owners can set the opening height of the CR-V’s power tailgate to a desirable limit depending on space available around the car, which is particularly useful in tight spaces with low ceilings, or when the back of a vehicle is near a wall. An on-demand ‘Stop-and-hold’ function allows the tailgate to be stopped at any desired position, which gives temporary control of the height opening (once opened beyond 1,185mm) without needing to program the setting.
Smarter storage for all occupants
A new three-mode centre console adapts to a variety of requirements. In its ‘Console tray’ mode, it can accommodate a 5.5-inch smartphone. The tray can be placed in forward or rearward positions or stowed neatly, to enable three storage configurations. In the forward position, the smartphone tray covers up the main storage compartment for added security and privacy. When placed rearward, the tray keeps smaller items separated while enabling access to the compartment below. If the tray is stowed out of the way altogether, the storage compartment is large enough for a handbag or laptop.
Four USB charging points in the cabin enable multiple connections for phones, tablets and other personal electronic devices. There are 1.5-amp and 1.0-amp USB charging ports for front occupants, plus two high-capacity 2.5-amp USB charging ports at the back of the centre console for second-row passengers.
Cabin occupants can make use of extra-large capacity door pockets – 48% longer at front and 63% longer at the rear – enabled by moving speakers further up in door panels compared to the previous CR-V.
7. Industry-leading safety performance and Honda Sensing™ as standard
CR-V now safer than ever thanks to new body construction and enhanced safety technologies
Stiffer, stronger and with reduced cabin intrusion in the event of a crash
Honda Sensing™ is a comprehensive suite of active safety features
The all-new CR-V has been engineered to achieve industry-leading safety performance. In line with Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ philosophy, the same passive and active safety systems are included across all grades of the new CR-V Hybrid.
The exceptionally strong, rigid and stiff platform provides the foundation for exceptional safety performance, with an ‘All Directions Collision Safety’ concept. The platform design incorporates Honda’s exclusive next-generation ACE™ (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, which employs a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly. This design helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger cell in the event of an impact, giving superior front, side and rear crash-worthiness. The passive safety features on the all-new CR-V are complemented by the Honda Sensing™ suite of active safety and driver assist technologies, which – in a first for Honda – is installed on all CR-V grades. Honda Sensing™ is among the most comprehensive suites of safety technologies in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus multiple sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios. Emergency call (eCall) is now also standard across all grades of the CR-V in Europe.
The Honda Sensing™ suite of active safety technologies includes:
Collision Mitigation Braking System: helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable. A warning sounds, and if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied
Forward Collision Warning: scans the road ahead to warn drivers of a potential collision, and provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions to avoid a crash
Lane Departure Warning: will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated, and provides an alert to prompt the driver to make a correction
Road Departure Mitigation: uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering out of its lane. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force. The system switches off when it detects that the driver has regained control
Lane Keeping Assist System: helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings with a monocular camera and making small adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines.
Adaptive Cruise Control: allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead, which enables the use of cruise control in light, variable-speed traffic conditions
Traffic Sign Recognition: detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the instrument binnacle’s IID
Intelligent Speed Assistance: combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign
Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control: a pioneering technology that debuted on the 2015 Honda CR-V, i-ACC predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways. It uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road and applies an algorithm – developed with exhaustive research on European roads – to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes ‘cutting-in’. This enables the new CR-V to adjust its speed automatically before other vehicles cut in, for a safe and comfortable journey.
Further safety technologies in the all-new CR-V include:
Blind Spot Information: uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and alerts the driver via a warning symbol in the door mirror
Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing
Multi-angle rear view camera: provides the driver with options for complete visibility and therefore peace-of-mind when reversing; a normal 130-degree view, a wide 180-degree view and a top-down view
Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Deflation Warning System for tyres