The facelifted 2017 Honda CRV had been revealed at the Detroit's Eastern Market yesterday and now Honda is saying that the new CRV boasts more than a restyling. It will include a new generation of turbocharged engine, interior updates and a special feature that received a huge applause from the crowd - the volume knob.
The new CR-V has a longer bonnet, shorter rear overhang, and side with outstanding volumes. The lights are also on LEDs and advance horizontally and the trunk is also larger. The wheelbase has also increased and the overall impression is that the Honda CR-V left a step up to make room for the lowest HR-V. So much so that the manufacturer expects sales to be concentrated above the EX turbo versions.
But it's more than the design. The Honda CR-V announced it is not more a facelift but a completely new generation.
The change includes a 1.5 turbo petrol engine 190 hp in EX versions up. Scheduled for 2017 in Brazil, the SUV arrives in US stores a little earlier, in the first quarter. The LX version has the old engine 2.4 i-VTEC, but we do not know if the known 2.0 vacuumed could be kept in our country as the cheapest option, since our legislation surcharge engines over 2 liters. What we know is that everyone has CVT .
In addition to an entirely new platform, derived from the new Civic architecture, the 2017 Honda CRV inherited its turbo engine (14 hp more) and also the continuously variable box.
Inside, there's also a revolution coming, thanks to the extensive use of touch-sensitive materials, including leather jacket on the panel. The instrument panel is digital in its central part and chimes with a large LCD screen compatible with Apple and Android CarPlay Auto.
Going Back For The Good
At the reveal of the 2017 Honda CRV, a particular feature drew applause from the gathered media. It should be noted that invited guests at a debut press conference are not allowed to applaud in anytime. But the media can't stop themselves as Honda USA Vice President for Communication Jeff Conrad announced that the CR-V would feature a new generation audio system with - wait for it - a volume knob!
Why was it important that the 2017 Honda CR-V bring back the volume knob? Honda believed that leaving everything to touch screens is not a good idea. Customers demanded that Honda marks the return of the volume knob and they have into the request with the new CRV.
A good touch screen is a solution, believe it or not, it is also economical. Economical because their cost is low, but even more because it simplifies the design of a dashboard. But sometimes, a good old volume knob can do the trick.
2017 Honda CR-V price is not yet revealed. We'll just have to wait after the plants in Ohio and Indiana produced this new version.
Watch the video of the debut presentation here.