The Honda CR-V could be very a lot a mainstay within the SUV class throughout the Malaysian market, and the most recent iteration, the sixth-generation mannequin has been launched in Malaysia final week.
It has, in reality been 20 years because the first regionally assembled (CKD) model of the CR-V emerged for this market, with the localised, second-generation CR-V arriving again in 2002, rising from the Honda Malaysia plant in Melaka.
As proven in these photographs, the passage of 20 years between the arrival of the second-generation mannequin and that of the most recent, sixth-generation SUV exhibits simply how far design has developed, inside and outside.
The intervening years has culminated in a a ‘face’ that now options a lot slimmer headlamps and a bigger grille relative to the second-generation mannequin, together with a visually decrease backside edge for a extra car-like look, which is helped within the facet profile view by a better belt line and wheel arches.
Its change of look is much more obvious when seen from the rear, the place the second-generation mannequin’s tailgate will get an externally mounted spare wheel, right here inside a body-coloured shell, and which opens sideways.
That is in distinction to the most recent mannequin’s adopted norm of a vertically opening tailgate as on the vast majority of hatchbacks and crossovers at this time. Whereas the sixth-gen mannequin’s hind lights additionally serve to visually widen the rear of the automobile, as on the entrance, it retains upright parts recalling these of the early mannequin – maybe with a little bit of a Swedish twist.
Obtainable expertise within the cabin of every mannequin additionally serve to focus on the progress made in 20 years, although similarities additionally seem when a broader view is taken.
An implied straight line spans the width of the dashboard within the second-generation mannequin, and that is made extra obvious within the newest iteration, whereas the structure of chosen parts seem like shared.
The infotainment display on the sixth-gen mannequin resides atop the dashboard with the air-conditioning vents located under, simply because the double-DIN unit in its ancestor is situated. A key distinction is the transmission selector – whereas the older automotive has its gearlever on the dashboard, the management on the brand new mannequin assumes a now-more-common place on the centre tunnel, bridging the centre console and the sprint fascia.
Equally, the sport strikes on when it comes to lodging within the rear quarters. Occupants within the second row of the primary CKD CR-V profit from a tall glasshouse, and whereas the brand new automotive could seem like extra cosy because of its greater window line, it counters by being much more spacious.
The upholstery in every mannequin additionally presents a distinction as an indication of the occasions, so to talk, with distinct cloth within the second-gen automotive in contrast with full leather-based within the newest mannequin.
For progress when it comes to uncooked numbers, one space the place that is possible most obvious is within the powertrain. The place the second-generation CR-V employed a 2.0 litre K20A naturally aspirated inline-four cylinder petrol engine that produced 156 PS, the most recent mannequin brings turbocharging into the combination, offsetting its smaller 1.5 litre swept capability with greater outputs of 190 PS and 243 Nm.
The Honda CR-V is a transparent favorite within the SUV class for Malaysia, with greater than 130,000 items bought as of November this 12 months. Expensive readers who’ve owned, and presently personal a CR-V, what have been your favourites facets of possession? Tell us within the feedback.
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