The top-spec CR-V RS e:HEV packs a 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve inline-4 gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. The combined output is 184 PS and 355 Nm of torque, coursed through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The e:HEV full hybrid system also has an EV Drive Mode that lets the vehicle run solely on battery power.
Meanwhile, the non-hybrid CR-V V and VX variants get a turbocharged 1.5-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve inline-4 gasoline engine producing 190 PS and 240 Nm of torque. This is likewise mated to a CVT, with standard all-wheel drive for the VX model.
HCPI president Rie Miyake called the latest CR-V "a generation of many firsts."
“As a mobility manufacturer dedicated to the environment, Honda has for decades been engaged in developing a full range of vehicle electrification technologies,” she said.
“It is the first CR-V with e:HEV technology, which delivers outstanding driver pleasure and exceptional environment performance, and i-VTEC Turbo power, which provides agile acceleration and a sophisticated driving experience with also a much environmental performance,” Miyake added.
More refined looks
Unlike Hyundai with its all-new Santa Fe, Honda Cars decided not to “reinvent the wheel” with the latest generation of the CR-V.
Up front, the standard LED headlights have grown a bit, flanking a hexagonal grill. All models come with LED foglights, but the RS e:HEV model gets body-colored trim and red RS badges for a sleeker yet sportier appearance.
Down the side, the all-new CR-V features a high beltline with an upward kink in the rear quarter windows. All models get 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, with the RS e:HEV getting gloss-black mags to match the piano-black accents.
The rear end features the model’s distinctive styling cue – high-mounted LED taillights that extend into the D-pillar. An electric tailgate is standard on all variants.
The all-new CR-V is available in five colors – Lunar Silver Metallic, Metoroid Gray Metallic, Ignite Red Metallic, Canyon River Blue Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl for an additional ₱20,000.
7 seats available
Another big piece of news with the all-new CR-V is the return of the third-row seat.
The interior design is identical to what is available on the Honda Civic. All variants get a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Non-hybrid variants get an 8-speaker sound system and the RS e:HEV comes with a 12-speaker Bose surround-sound system.
Dual-zone climate control is standard in the RS e:HEV, while the non-hybrid models get tri-zone climate control with air-conditioning vents for the third row.
Other luxuries include leather upholstery and electrically adjustable front seats, with the RS e:HEV getting a heads-up display.
Packed with safety, convenience tech
As with most other Honda Cars models, all CR-Vs come standard with the excellent Honda SENSING active-safety suite with features like:
Collision Mitigation Braking System
Lane Keeping Assist System
Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
Auto High Beam
Adaptive Driving Beam (exclusively for the RS e:HEV CVT variant) – an intelligent LED headlight that helps enhance visibility and adjusts the height of the light beam to avoid dazzling the car in front and pedestrians
Lead Car Departure Notification System
The all-new CR-V will also feature the app-based Honda CONNECT system. It allows customers to communicate with their vehicle, check its status and even be notified of alerts with a smartphone.
Honda CONNECT incorporates helpful features like:
Automatic Collision Detection – automatically calls for help to ensure timely assistance
Security Alarm Detection – sends an alert when the alarm is triggered by trespassers
Speed Alert – allows the owner to keep an eye on how their vehicle is being driven through a series of notifications if the speed limit is exceeded
Find My Car – helps avoid situations where the owner has difficulty locating his or her vehicle by sending a pin location to the mobile device
Geofencing Alert – notifies the owner if the car was taken beyond a set area limit
Emergency Calls – makes it easier to access emergency contacts through the app
Car Status – alerts the owner of anything that requires attention and doubles as the vehicle’s diagnostic support system. This feature can also remotely check the fuel level, battery, lock and airbag status.
Remote Vehicle Control – allows the owner to control various limited functions of his or her vehicle via the smartphone app. It includes Remote Engine Start & Stop, Remote Air Conditioner Control, Remote Lock & Unlock, and Remote Light Control
Service Reminder – automatically reminds the owner when maintenance is due and can schedule an appointment with the nearest official service center
“More than an application, it’s a communication system with your Honda vehicle and with us,” Miyake said. “There is no doubt that the Honda CR-V is an SUV that is close to Filipino hearts, and we are confident that the all-new model will continue that legacy.”
Pricing for the 2024 Honda CR-V is as follows:
2.0 RS e:HEV E-CVT – ₱2,590,000
1.5 VX Turbo CVT AWD – ₱2,280,000
1.5 V Turbo CVT – ₱2,100,000
HCPI said the CR-V V and VX variants will arrive on September 2023, with the RS e:HEV coming the month after.
You can also check out the all-new CR-V for yourself at HCPI’s Drive the Future event at the SM Mall of Asia Central Atrium on September 21 to 24, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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