The Honda CR-V has been a strong contender in the compact crossover SUV field since it was launched here. Although it eventually grew in physical dimensions, there was a corresponding increase in passenger capacity, along with a sleeker look.
It's almost time for the PH-spec Honda CR-V to get a refresh
Now, there are two facelift options that Honda has given the Honda CR-V, with one for the US and another for its home market of Japan.
The US version came out in 2019, and features the addition of a more angular front bumper. A silver outline spans the wider lower grille and side bezels, which house round foglamps on lower trims and bar-type ones for the higher-spec variants.
Tinted tail lamps and a subdued chrome garnish are featured at the rear, accompanied by a restyled apron and trapezoidal exhaust finishers. The interior remains the same, with the addition of Qi wireless charging.
The US-spec CR-V gets a more angular front bumper
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Meanwhile, describing the Japanese version as subtle is an understatement. There are practically no major differences to the current iteration. Citing feedback from its Japanese customer base, Honda has added sequential turn signal lights, while retaining the existing CR-V fascia. That’s it for the exterior.
Japanese CR-V units retain the look while adding sequential turn signal lamps
Even the interior changes are hardly dramatic, with only modified upholstery and the addition of a steering wheel heater. Trust the Japanese to keep things simple.
However, Honda does add a new top-spec CR-V trim, dubbed the ‘Black Edition’. The latest variant converts the exterior chrome bits on the grille, fog light garnish, lower door garnish, and tail lamp garnish to black chrome.
It also adopts the tinted tail lamps on the US-spec model, with 18-inch alloy wheels. A black headliner and more piano-black accents can be found on the interior.
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The Black Edition is the new top-spec CR-V trim in Japan
With Philippine CR-V units due for a refresh soon, we wonder which restyled exterior our market is getting. Better yet, a blending of the two would be nice, giving a fancier look to Honda’s already elegant crossover.
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Know more about Honda CR-V 2021
<p>The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover current sold by Honda Philippines Inc. It is now in its fifth-generation model, but the CR-V in general has been around since the 1990's. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>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. </p>
Joseph Paolo Estabillo