The All New fourth generation CR-V debuted by Abdullah Hashim Co, sole distributor of Honda vehicles in Saudi Arabia. The new CR-V is available for customers in LX, EX and EX-Leather Grades.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shakeeb Haider, General Manager of Honda SBU - Abdullah Hashim Company, said, “Globally, the CR-V has been recognized as a pioneer of compact SUV. Since its first launch in 1996, over 5million CR-V’s have been sold so far, which amply proves its global appeal in terms of design, quality, refinement and popularity. Building on this solid reputation, the all new CR-V now enters into its 4th generation with enhanced exterior aesthetics, car like interior comfort, innovative features and a smoother & quieter ride; and is designed to offer urban sophistication and exceed customer expectation of a 5-seater compact SUV.”
Mr. Haider pointed out that the previous generation CR-V’s refined styling, size and proportions contributed a lot to its success since its launch in 2006.
“Compared to the previous-generation CR-V, the 2012 model takes on a more aggressive and aerodynamic stance with deeper sculpting of the bodylines and a bolder front fascia. The front bumper's smooth-flowing lines are highlighted by a horizontal three-bar grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. The lower front bumper wraps smartly upward to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle, while the lower front bumper design with fog lights (only for EX & EX-Leather grades) now integrates more smoothly with the fascia for improved aerodynamics,” he said.
The Honda CR-V offers a modest increase in passenger and cargo volume. It also offers a more sedan -like driving position compared to the previous generation CR-V. Inside the CR-V, every tactile surface viz., interior door handles, steering wheel, etc. are designed to be pleasing to the touch and easy to operate.
Fabric upholstery is standard in the LX grade, while the EX has upgraded fabric with a suede-like feel. The EX-Leather grade has standard leather upholstery.
The all new CR-V is powered by a 2.4L, DOHC, in-line 4 cylinder gasoline engine that produces max. power of 188 HP @ 7,000 rpm - up by 20 HP compared to the previous generation. And max. torque is 22.6 kg-m @ 4,400 rpm. A host of innovative features are designed to deliver a cutting-edge combination of performance, fuel efficiency, and low emissions. Most apparent is the i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control system – which results in good fuel economy and low exhaust emissions.
The 5-AT gearbox works in conjunction with the engine's Drive-By-Wire™ throttle control to smoothly shift between gears. The new Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System debuts on the 2012 CR-V and is available to help provide traction in low-grip driving conditions. Compared to the prior 4WD system, the electronically activated AWD system offers a faster, more intuitive initial response when a loss of traction is detected. It also reduces weight and minimizes internal friction and help to minimize the negative impact on fuel economy inherent to virtually all four-wheel-drive systems.
“Significant improvements to body and chassis of new 2012 CR-V improve interior quietness and ride quality compared to the previous model,” Mr. Haider said.
The 2,620 mm wheelbase, wider track dimensions, independent suspensions, and features such as VSA® and new Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) all contribute to the CR-V's objective to provide a premium driving experience. The compact multi-link rear suspension helps maximize second-row seating and cargo space, while also providing outstanding handling characteristics and ride quality.
The new CR-V is equipped with a host of standard safety features unmatched by any other vehicle in its class.
An expressive color choice is available for 2012 Honda CR-V models. These include – Twilight Blue Metallic (new color), Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Basque Red Pearl II, White Diamond Pearl and Urban Titanium Metallic.
All grades of CR-V come with beige color interior as standard.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is covered by a 3-year/100,000-km warranty.