Honda CR-V Black Edition is now also in Malaysia. Should the PH get it? 

Updated Nov 16, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The short answer is, ‘Yes.’ 

Back in August, we shared that story about the Honda CR-V Black Edition in Thailand. For those that missed it, it’s the meaner-looking version of the beloved seven-seater Honda crossover with black-colored trim pieces. It is based on the Thai-spec CR-V 2.4-liter, a variant that’s not sold in the Philippines. 

Honda CR-V Black Edition

The Honda CR-V Black Edition for the Malaysian market

Recently however, Honda Malaysia has also brought in its own CR-V Black Edition. And like the one in Thailand, it features a set of black 18-inch wheels, as well as black trim pieces for the front and rear bumper. Unlike the Thai version though, the Malaysian CR-V Black Edition does get bits of chrome which outline the LED headlamps and surround the front bumper.

It is also entirely black on the inside. Specifically, the air-conditioning vents and the steering wheel trim, among others, are now rendered in piano black trim. Even its center console, dashboard, and door trim pieces are likewise colored in black. The said crossover’s front seats also feature “Black Edition” embroidery, with the entire upholstery dressed in black leather. 

A picture of the Honda CR-V Black Edition's seats

The CR-V Black Edition's front seats

Like the Thai-spec version, the Malaysian CR-V Black Edition uses an engine that isn’t available in our local market. This is a 1.5-liter inline-4 VTEC turbo that can make up to 190 horsepower and 243 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

Safety-wise, the CR-V Black Edition also gets the Honda Sensing driver assist safety suite. This includes features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic headlamps, and adaptive cruise control.  

It also gets convenience features like a power tailgate, a seven-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, walk-away auto door locking, and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, among others. 

Of note, the Malaysian CR-V Black Edition is based on the mid-spec TC-P 2WD variant. In the said country, the CR-V Black Edition is priced at RM 161,913 (Php 1,972,455). That’s RM 4,298, or around Php 50,000 more than the CR-V TC-P.  

A picture of the Malaysia-spec Honda CR-V Black Edition's front cabin

The CR-V Black Edition's cockpit

Do note though that the prices mentioned above do not take into account other fees like registration, insurance, etc. 

So, should Honda Philippines also get the CR-V Black Edition? Well, we think so. It would spice up the local CR-V price Philippines lineup, and would provide the said model a dash of youthful energy. A dark and brooding kind of youth, to be exact.  

The question now is, which variant would the hypothetical Philippine-spec CR-V Black Edition be based on? Maybe the top-spec Honda CR-V SX perhaps? 

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Know more about Honda CR-V 2024

Honda CR-V

The 2024 Honda CR-V is a midsize crossover SUV. For the Philippine market, it has three variants: the V Turbo CVT, VX Turbo CVT, and the RS e:HEV (hybrid) e-CVT. 

The latest version of this Honda model has two different engine options. For the top-spec hybrid trim, it uses a 2.0-liter gasoline four-banger paired with a dual motor and lithium-ion battery. The combustion component alone produces up to 145 horsepower and 183 Nm of torque. The electric-powered component meanwhile, can churn out 181 horsepower and 335 Nm of torque. 

Aboard the V and VX trims meanwhile is a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine that can churn out 187 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. 

Only the VX gets all-wheel-drive, while the rest are front-wheel-drive. All trims then use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but the one on the hybrid trim is an electronic CVT (e-CVT). 

In terms of dimensions, the all-new CR-V is 4,691mm long, 1,866mm wide, and 1,681mm (1,691mm for VX) in height. Both the hybrid and the V’s wheelbase then spans 2,701mm (2,700mm for VX). 

Locally, the Honda CR-V competes against the likes of the Mazda CX-9, Cherry Tiggo 8 Pro, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Peugeot 5008, etc. 

₱ 2,100,000 - ₱ 2,590,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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