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2017 Honda CR-V on sale from $30,690, new VTEC Turbo engine

Honda Australia has announced that the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V will arrive mid-July and will offer an “unsurpassed combination of style, versatility, technology and value”.

Priced from $30,690, Honda has promised “superior performance, economy, dynamics, refinement and technology across the range”, as well a seven-seat option.

Honda has also ditched its multiple engine approach for upper and lower class CR-V models and now instead offers a new “powerful and efficient” 1.4-litre 140kW/240Nm VTEC Turbo engine across the board. The new engine will be mated exclusively with a continuously variable transmission across all models.

Other standard features include Smart keyless entry, Active Noise Control, dual-zone climate, alloy wheels, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Design wise, the all-new Honda CR-V has a more modern look. According to Honda the CR-V will appear “lower and wider on the road” despite being more spacious than the model it replaces. For the first time with CR-V Honda will offer a seven-seat model to extend its appeal to “growing families”.

Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins, said:

“Twenty years ago the first generation Honda CR-V redefined the segment by delivering space, efficiency and versatility in a compact package. One that Australian families had never seen before.

“Our customers consistently tell us what a joy their CR-Vs are to live with and the fifth generation builds on this reputation with new levels of style, versatility, technology and value.

“The all-new CR-V represents brilliant value, especially for customers looking for a premium SUV experience for under $35,000.  In fact, the entry VTi grade in the new CR-V range more closely matches the previous generation VTi-S, while adding $3700 of value over its predecessor.”

Honda states that the “powerful and efficient” 140kW VTEC Turbo drivetrain underpins “new levels of capability both on and off-road, with sharper steering, more dynamic handling, stronger braking performance, plus the availability of the latest generation electronically-controlled AWD system”.

Honda will offer the all-new CR-V in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, with standard seating for five or seven passengers across a simplified line-up of five grades.

The 2017 Honda CR-V line-up is as follows:

VTi

  • 140kW VTEC Turbo engine
  • Earth Dreams Technology CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • Smart keyless entry with Push Button Start
  • Active Noise Control (ANC)
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Reverse camera
  • 7.0-inch Advanced Display Audio with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • Front fog lights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Full size alloy spare wheel
  • Driver Attention Monitor (DAM)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)

VTi-S

Features of VTi grade PLUS

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric tailgate
  • Built-in satellite navigation
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • LaneWatch
  • Optional Real-Time All-Wheel Drive system (VTi-S AWD)

VTi-L

Features of VTi-S grade PLUS

  • 7-seats with split-fold 3rd row
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather-appointed seat trim+
  • Heated front seats
  • Power front seats (8-way driver with lumbar & memory, 4-way passenger)
  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers

VTi-LX
Features of VTi-L grade (excluding 7-seats) PLUS

  • Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies
  • Real-Time All-Wheel Drive system
  • LED headlights with active cornering lights + LED front fog lights
  • Digital Radio (DAB+)
  • Privacy glass
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror

The all-new fifth-generation Honda CR-V will go on sale in mid-July.

Manufacturer’s list price (excludes on-road costs):

VTi five-seat 2WD – $30,690
VTi-S five-seat 2WD – $33,290
VTi-S five seat AWD – $35,490
VTi-L seven-seat AWD – $38,990
VTi-LX five-seat AWD – $44,290

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Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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