2007 Honda CR-V

Production Cars 2 Sep 2006
2007 Honda CR-V

Honda has revealed the entirely-new CR-V model. It features improved dynamic handling, extensive safety equipment and a more sophisticated interior. It will debut at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale from January 2007.


Design

Honda CR-VImprovements made to the driving dynamics are reflected in the styling of the vehicle – "a coupe-like tapering side window profile gives the CR-V a similar shape to a car."

The front has been given a bold presence, with a distinctive double grille as the focal point, flanked by projector-style headlights and a large bumper. It all makes for a muscular front end, emphasised by the car’s wide track and 17- or 18-inch wheels.

At the rear, a vertically-opening tailgate is the main design feature, sandwiched between roof-high strips of lights, and notably, the spare wheel has gone – it’s now hidden under the load compartment floor.

Interior

Honda CR-V - InteriorInside the cabin, accommodation remains generous and the dimensions are similar to the previous CR-V. Load space, however, is extended backwards to take up the space left by the former tailgate-mounted spare wheel.  Access has been improved by larger doors that open wider, and lower sills.

The interior is high quality, featuring metallic elements on the dash and doors that contrast with soft textured black trim.

Front seats are larger and more comfortable and the steering column is adjustable for reach as well as rake. Relocation of the gear lever to the base of the centre stack brings it closer to the steering wheel and creates more floor space.

More equipment is available as an option, including a driver’s 8-way adjustable power seat, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic glass roof and a rear view camera.

Added flexibility is provided by a novel ‘Double Deck’ luggage area, created by a shelf that sits at a height of 330mm above the load floor so that luggage can be subdivided, with that on the lower level more easily accessible.

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Technical Features

Honda CR-VPower comes from a new 150 hp 2.0-litre petrol or a 140 hp 2.2 i-CTDi diesel engine. The aerodynamic efficiency was improved by 12 per cent.

The petrol engine is an all-new unit based on the 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC from the Civic range and is coupled with 6-speed manual gearboxes or a 5-speed automatic transmission.

A lower centre of gravity (reduced by 35mm), wider stance (increased by 30mm) and a number of changes to steering and suspension geometry have all helped to enhance the CR-V’s handling characteristics. Steering response is faster and feels more direct, while directional stability and all-round agility also benefit from further development to the car’s chassis.

The off-road skills have been tweaked with a revised Real Time 4WD system that detects front wheel slip and promptly sends torque rearwards: this system can transfer 20 per cent more torque compared to the existing unit.

Honda CR-VThis 4WD set-up not only allows light off-road driving, but also helps maintain stability on the road – in snow or other slippery conditions, for example.

Safety Equipment

Two active safety systems are available for the first time on a SUV: the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is a radar-controlled cruise control function which maintains a set distance to the vehicle in front, while Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) predicts collisions and warns the driver, before applying strong braking and retracting the front seatbelts if the situation becomes critical. The Active Front Lighting (AFS) features headlights that turn to illuminate the road in the direction the vehicle is heading.

Elsewhere, a full complement of passive safety measures includes dual stage SRS front airbags, side airbags for front seat passengers, full length curtain airbags, front and rear seatbelt reminders and active front headrests­ – all fitted as standard.

Honda CR-VThe new CR-V also incorporates Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) as standard which together with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) ensures that towing safety is continuously monitored and corrected. Importantly, towing capacity on the diesel-engined CR-V is increased from 1500kg to a very competitive 2000kg.

Honda anticipates a class-leading Euro NCAP 5-star rating for occupant protection, 4-stars for child protection and a 3-star pedestrian rating. It achieves excellent levels of safety through a strong body structure design, made from 58 per cent high tensile steel.  

(Source: Honda)

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