In Thailand, Honda has recently released the CR-V Black Edition. And as the name implies, it’s a version of the well-loved crossover that went to the dark side. Of note, it is based on the Thai-spec 2.4-liter CR-V variant, which isn’t sold here in the Philippines.
The Honda CR-V Black Edition for Thailand
As it says on the tin, the CR-V Black Edition is almost entirely black except for its emblem and lights. The rest of the exterior bears a blacked-out grille, a set of black 17-inch tires, black door handles, everything.
This is also the first time that the CR-V is kitted out with black-colored roof rails. Normally, these are silver in color. And of course, the CR-V Black Edition is only available in Black Pearl.
Inside the CR-V Black Edition
In keeping with the theme, the interior also gets an entirely black palette. Present are black wood accents, piano black trims, and black leather for the seats. The Thai-spec CR-V that the Black Edition is based on also gets a powered panoramic sunroof and wireless smartphone charging, as well as a seven-inch head unit with Apple CarPlay.
As mentioned, the CR-V Black Edition uses a 2.4-liter turbodiesel mill that isn’t available in our market. It is significantly more powerful than the Philippine-spec 1.6-liter variants, as it can produce up to 170 horsepower and 224 Nm of torque. It also uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT), though it doesn’t get all-wheel-drive like the top-of-the-line Philippine-spec CR-V SX 1.6-liter version.
The trim piece between the taillights holding the emblem is also silver colored
The price tag for the CR-V Black Edition in Thailand, if converted to the local currency, sits at around Php 2.2 million. So yes, it is similarly priced with the CR-V SX. Do note though that if it gets sold here, the said price might differ a bit due to varying tax rates, import fees, and whatnot.
So, do you like the idea of driving a totally blacked-out CR-V?
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Know more about Honda CR-V 2021
The CR-V is a compact crossover current sold by Japanese automaker Honda Philippines Inc. Now in its fifth generation, the model has been in existence since the 1990s.
Currently, the CR-V has two engine options. The first one is a 1.6-liter diesel, which can make up to 118 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. All variants with this engine uses a nine-speed automatic transmission. The top-spec trim has an all-wheel-drive drivetrain, while the rest of the trims are front-wheel-drive. The second engine for the CR-V is a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline mill capable of producing up top 152 horsepower and 189 Nm of torque. This engine is only available on the entry-level S variant where it is paired with a continous variable transmission.
Of note, the top-spec CR-V for the Philippine market is equipped with several driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, among others.
The entry-level CR-V S and the CR-V S diesel variant can fit up to five occupants. The CR-V V and the top-spec SX can seat up to seven occupants.
Cesar G.B. Miguel