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Here’s the new 2017 Honda CR-V

The 2017 Honda CR-V will launch sometime in December. Today, we got our first look at the 5th-generation CR-V, and what we learned is that it will share many components with the Honda Civic compact sedan that was unveiled last year.

2017 Honda CR-V

It will be built on the same platform, and it will also share its all-new turbo engine which, like in the Civic, is a first for a North American Honda CR-V. The four-cylinder, 1,5-liter turbocharged will deliver 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, a slight increase in power compared to the previous generation. That said, Honda promises improved fuel economy despite the extra horsepower.

Base models get the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that powers the current-gen CR-V with 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. All versions get a standard continuously variable automatic gearbox.

Thanks to its new structure that it shares with the Civic but also the upcoming new Accord, the 2017 CR-V’s wheelbase grows by about 40 mm which means that there are 5 centimeters of extra leg room for backseat passengers. Cargo space will also improve.

Outside, the 2017 CR-V gets sharper overall handling that moves away a bit from the rounded panels of the current CR-V. The front now shares its design with other recently-introduced Honda vehicles, and LED headlights are now on the menu.

Inside, the cockpit gets a host of changes, but none more important than what Honda added to the center console – a physical knob to control the volume instead of touch controls. In other words, Honda answered a lot of wishlists at once with one simple, logical move.

The new Honda CR-V will continue to be produced at Honda’s Canadian plant in Alliston, Ontario, but production will also be undertaken at two US-based sites.

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