All-New 2017 Honda CR-V Details Announced

Honda’s just provided full details on the all new for 2017 Honda CR-V, which has been completely overhauled and re-engineered, and will pack the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine.

Set to go on sale this winter, Honda officials say the new new model is equipped, styled and engineered to maintain its status as the outright benchmark in this highly-contested segment.

Here’s the sticky: look for LED headlights on select trim grades,  the first-ever Automatic Shutter Grille System, which actively regulates air flow around and through the front of the vehicle for optimized efficiency and heating performance, thinner A-pillars for improved visibility, and a kick-to-open power tailgate, a la Ford and others.

Power will come from a 1.5 litre four-cylinder turbo engine, with 190 horsepower and generous low and mid-range torque. A Continually Variable Transmission (CVT) is confirmed at this point– though other transmission options are a possibility, too.

The 2017 CR-V expands the application of the  high-tech Honda Sensing system, which will be standard equipment on all CR-V models with All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The system includes  Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information (BSI) withRear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights. In plain English, that explosion of alphabet soup means that the new CR-V will actively monitor and assess its surroundings  to help keep drivers safe, largely through enhanced situational awareness.

“The next generation CR-V is perfectly positioned to lead what is now the largest and fastest growing segment in the Canadian auto industry,” said Dave Gardner, Senior Vice President of Operations, Honda Canada. “CR-V continues to be built in Canada, reinforcing the importance of Honda of Canada Manufacturing’s place among our North American operations.”

Look for full specs, pricing, fuel economy and other information in the coming weeks.

Photos of the 2017 Honda CR-V (courtesy Honda)

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