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Honda's all-new CR-V has turbo power

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By: Jason Woosey

The fifth-generation CR-V that you see here might not have made any dramatic design departures but the SUV has been completely redesigned and reengineered, according to Honda.

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Turbo punch

Like the latest Civic that was launched in South Africa recently, it also offers the option of a turbocharged petrol engine for the first time. This comes in the form of Honda's new 1.5-litre direct injection unit rated at 142kW, while lower-positioned models offer a 2.4-litre normally aspirated V-Tec.

Both are mated to a CVT gearbox, with drive to the front or all wheels depending on the model. It's worth noting, however, that this is the US-spec CR-V and South African versions could differ.

The 2017 CR-V rides on a new chassis, complete with a multi-link axle at the back, and Honda has raised the ground clearance slightly.

Smarter cabin

The new design not only liberates more interior space, with allegedly class-leading legroom, but Honda reckons it's a lot classier-looking too, thanks to upgraded materials and a new 'soft-touch' instrument panel.

As you guessed, there is a long list of available features and gizmos, including an 18cm touch-screen infotainment system which has an Android operating system, although it is compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Also offered is Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Auto High Beam headlights and a Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate.

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