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Honda’s new-generation CR-V will hit Australian shores later this year in a seven-variant line-up geared towards stealing sales away from the Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander and even the Mazda CX-8, the brand says.
Kicking off the range is the non-hybrid, front-drive, five-seat VTi X, priced at $44,500 drive-away, while the more equipment-heavy VTi L will set buyers back $48,800.
Opting for the seven-seat VTi X7 and VTi L7 will cost $46,800 and $53,000 respectively.
The only option for all-wheel drive comes with the exclusively five-seat VTi L and VTi LX for $51,300 and $57,000, while the top-spec model is the hybrid e:HEV RS for $59,900 that comes with five seats and front-wheel drive.
Having grown to 4694mm long (+59mm over the last-gen), 1867mm wide (+10mm), 1681mm tall (1689mm for the AWD) and with a 2700mm wheelbase (+40mm), the 2024 CR-V is still smaller than three-row rivals like the Nissan X-Trail and Mitsubishi Outlander, but the added girth gives it more space between the new ZR-V that launched last month.
The X-Trail offers the strongest competition against the CR-V, with pricing of the former starting at $36,750 before on-road costs, and extending to $57,190, however, it must be noted that the new-gen Honda SUV is pricier than before as the outgoing version ranges from $35,900-$53,600 drive-away.
Powering all grades barring the hybrid is a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, outputting 152kW/243Nm and paired with a continuously variable transmission – at least in overseas models.
The top-dog e:HEV RS however, scores a 2.0-litre petrol engine and dual-electric motor hybrid set-up, which punches out a combined 135kW/315Nm under the bonnet of the Civic and ZR-V – which all share the same underpinnings.
Honda Australia is yet to detail fuel economy figures for the new CR-V.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, leather-appointed seats, power-adjustable driver's seat, drive-mode selector, 7.0-inch driver display and a wireless smartphone charger, as well as the brand's Connect smartphone app that allows vehicle monitoring on the go.
Handling multimedia is a 9.0-inch touchscreen system with a physical volume knob, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, while "select grades" also score satellite navigation and a premium Bose sound system.
VTi L grades add 18-inch wheels and a power-adjustable front passenger seat.
Moving up to the VTi LX and the e:HEV RS, 19-inch wheels and 10.2-inch all-digital instrument cluster are added.
The top-spec e:HEV RS also scores body-coloured bumpers, a blacked-out front grille and leather seats with red contrast stitching.
A powered tailgate is also offered, though on exactly which grades Honda Australia is yet to confirm.
2024 Honda CR-V pricing drive-away
VTi L AWD
VTi LX AWD