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2007 Honda CR-V

 

Honda has announced its new, third-generation CR-V compact SUV. Although not the first car-based SUV, it has proved remarkably successful with more than 2.5 million sold worldwide in the past 11 years.

The latest CR-V continues where the previous one left off, but says Honda, ?offers more car-like dynamics? as well as greater comfort and a more luxurious interior. Styling is not radically different on the new vehicle, but different side windows and a ?cab-forward? look to the upper body creates a slightly sportier look.

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The new model features two interesting hi-tech systems that, claims the automaker, are unique in this particular segment of the market. The first is an adaptive cruise control, a radar controlled system that maintains a pre-set distance to the vehicle in front. This operates in conjunction with the collision mitigation brake system (CMBS) which initiates a series of warnings to the driver if the distance to the vehicle ahead decreases beyond an acceptable level, before applying strong braking and retracting the front seat belts if the situation becomes critical.

Also for the first time at this level, adaptive lighting is fitted, with the low beam headlamps turning in the direction of travel. Passive safety is taken care of by dual stage front airbags, side airbags and full length air curtains.

Optional is full leather upholstery, while the top-of-the-range CR-V has an eight-way adjustable power driver?s seat. Also optional is a panoramic glass roof.

The interior dimensions are much the same as the outgoing model, although larger doors improve access and there is slightly more luggage space in the rear. The rear seats split in a 60:40 fashion, or can be folded all the way forward creating a large, flat cargo deck. Added flexibility is provided by a double-decker luggage area, formed by a shelf above the load floor. In this way, luggage can be divided with the kids? strollers stored below and suitcases or bags above.

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Power units are either an all-new two liter gasoline engine, or a 2.2 diesel. The diesel is Honda?s proven 138 bhp (100 kW) unit but improved aerodynamic efficiency has led to a 12 per cent improvement in fuel economy. The gas motor is based on the 1.8 SOHC unit from the Civic range and delivers 148 bhp (110 kW) at 6,200 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at a rather heavy 4,200 rpm. Gasoline engines are mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. Again, the different aero qualities and the new transmissions contribute to an improvement in fuel economy.

Performance has been enhanced by the new gasoline engine, with a now 0-100 km/h time of 10.2 seconds for the manual; 12.2 seconds for the automatic.

The real-time four-wheel drive system combines a quiet, fuel-efficient dual-pump system with a cam unit that senses front-wheel slippage and transfers power to the rear wheels. Increased stability and greater safety on slippery roads is provided in this way, but under normal conditions the CR-V drives just like any other Honda: through the front wheels.

A number of minor changes have been made to the suspension geometry, as well as a lowering of the center of gravity and larger wheels, which all contribute to more agile handling and responsiveness. As the majority of 4x4 machines almost never venture offroad, the fact that the CR-V drives and handles like a car must be extremely attractive.

The new Honda SUV first appeared/appears at the Paris auto show in October and will go on sale in world markets in January 2007. No prices have yet been given but the existing model is around 1.4m baht and there is no reason to anticipate any significant increase.

 
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