Universal Honda has just introduced the all-new fourth generation CR-V to the Irish market.
Building on the success of the previous generations, the new CR-V, says Honda, has improved in terms of efficiency, quality, practicality and refinement.
The new CR-V, says Honda, has been engineered to be significantly more efficient.
Under the bonnet, the iDTEC diesel engine is a further development of the engine found in the previous generation CR-V, which has been comprehensively redesigned with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions.
The power and torque outputs of the iDTEC engine remain at 150PS and 350 Nm respectively, but the CO2 emissions have fallen from 171 g/km to 149 g/km (12%) for the manual version, and from 195 g/km to 174 g/km for models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission.
Idle Stop technology comes as standard on all new CR-V models fitted with a manual transmission and this seamless system can contribute up to a 5 g/km of CO2 saving for the diesel engine.
When the driver reaches a standstill and selects neutral, the engine will automatically stop when the clutch is released. It automatically restarts when the clutch is re-engaged.
In addition to idle stop, all models are equipped with Honda’s ECO Assist system, which helps drivers optimise their driving efficiency.
It uses the car’s speedometer to advise drivers how their driving style is impacting on fuel economy.
If the car is being driven economically, the dashboard glows green.
The new CR-V features a next generation Motion Adaptive electric power steering system (MA-EPS), which has been refined to combine easy manoeuvrability with increased feedback and response at higher speeds.
This system also works with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) to detect vehicle instability on slippery road conditions and automatically initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction.
The hydraulically activated ‘dual-pump’ system found in the third generation CR-V has been replaced by an electronically activated ‘All Wheel Drive’ system that provides a faster response when a loss of traction is detected.
This electronically activated system weighs 17 per cent less (reducing the weight of the total system by approximately 16.3 kg) and minimises internal friction by 59 per cent.
These improvements help to further minimise the negative impact on fuel economy, common to virtually all four-wheel-drive systems.
The height of the new CRV car has been reduced by 30mm but without reducing the interior space for the occupants.
The introduction of easy fold-down rear seats has also made it possible to transform the CR-V from a five-seater to a versatile load-lugger at the pull of a handle.
In the autumn of 2013, the CR-V will be further augmented by the addition of Honda’s all new 1.6-litre iDTEC engine and, for the first time, ‘two wheel-drive’ options will be added.
Commenting at the launch of the new CR-V, Adrian Cole, Managing Director of Universal Honda, said: “The introduction of this exciting new CRV builds on the brand progress achieved since the launch of the new ninth generation Civic to the Irish market in January of this year.
“CRV is an iconic vehicle that enjoys an almost cult status in this market, with 7,000 units sold since it was introduced in 1996.
“We are entering an exciting period of growth for Honda in the Irish market, albeit in a very challenging trading environment.
“We are confident that, through the launch of this versatile, high quality CR-V model and the introduction later this year of the new ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ 1.6 litre diesel engine in the Civic range, that Honda are positioned to achieve significant growth in 2013 and beyond,” he added.
Standard features across the range are Intelligent AWD, 17” Alloys, Dual-zone climate control, Cruise Control, Idle Stop (manuals), electric front and rear windows, alarm, front and rear centre armrests, remote audio controls, driver’s seat electric lumbar adjustment, LED daytime running lights, VSA with TSA, ABS, EBD & EBA and six airbags, hill start assist, deflation warning system, USB and Aux plug-in points for iPod.
Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) is a radar-based autonomous emergency braking system.
At speeds above nine miles per hour, moving and stationary vehicles are detected along a path 100m ahead of the vehicle. When the system senses that the car is likely to hit one of these obstacles, a three-stage process is initiated.
In the first, (typically around three seconds before impact), the driver is alerted by visual and audible warnings.
In the second stage, when the system senses that a collision is still likely (typically some two seconds before impact), three sharp tugs are given on the seat belt and the car automatically starts to apply some braking.
Finally, when a collision is unavoidable, CMBS tightens the front seat occupants’ seatbelts (using reversible tensioners different from the pyrotechnic devices used during the collision itself) and applies a high level of braking force.
This braking can be supplemented by the driver up to the maximum that the car is capable of. Honda estimates that if all cars were fitted with CMBS, between 200,000 and 250,000 accidents could be either prevented or their effects mitigated every year.
Depending on model, the car will fall into either tax band C or E, with prices starting from €37,785 and rising to just over €50,000.
The new range is now on sale in Honda dealers here.