The 2015 Honda CR-V facelift has been unveiled for the US markets and it does look good. CR-V is the Honda's flagship SUV model available across the globe with India too, receiving the SUV few years back. Honda has given the car a mid life facelift to stand up against the compact SUV segment, which has taken the industry by storm. The new CR-V will get essential updates both in exterior as well as the interiors. The mechanical changes will include a 2WD version and a new top of the line 4WD variant called the touring trim.
The new CR-V will be getting the same 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine from the outgoing model, but is being tweaked to produce better output in terms of torque. The Intelligent valve timing and engine control motor will produce 185HP of maximum power while the torque has been increased to 220 Nm, a 11% more than the previous model. The power will be sent to the wheels via a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with G-Design Shift. It will be available in both 2WD and AWD versions.
Honda CR-V Front
Coming to the exteriors, the first thing you will notice is the big and impressive front face with a new grille that replaces the outgoing chrome unit. Also the headlights will get the daytime running lights and other minor updates. The rear will see a redesigned bumper and chrome elements below the rear windscreen. No major changes have been done to the side profile, except the new alloy wheels and reworked ORVM's. The 2015 CR-V will also get roof rails and silver brushed skid plates.
Although, the major changes are on the inside of the car with a plethora of new features added. The centre console will be configurable now with a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system. A centre armrest will be provided in the front with the new Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering for better feedback. There will also be a rear console ventilation ducts, sliding sun-visors as well as power tailgate, 10-way adjustable and heated driver’s seat with memory function.
Honda CR-V Interior
The new Honda CR-V will also feature a host of safety features. As part of the new driver assist technologies, Honda will be offering Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Honda Lane Watch and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). There will be a Touring variant in AWD version which will receive a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and for the first time, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) on the CR-V.
The 2015 Honda CR-V facelift is being offered in 5 variants with 2 Drivetrain, 2WD and 4WD. While the base 2WD version starts at $23,320 (Rs. 14.5 lakh), the top of the line AWD touring trim will be priced at $32,770 (Rs. 20.20 lakh). It has gone on sales in U.S as of now, but we will have to wait to get the car in India. You never know if the Honda will offer the Diesel engine here, too.
Honda CR-V Side