Available in North America since December last year where it has amassed sales of four-million units since the original debuted in 1997, the latest CR-V not only makes use of the same architecture as the current Civic, but can now also be had with the option of seven seats for the first time.
In Aussie-spec, the CR-V will be offered in a choice of four trim levels with the sole drivetrain option being the same 140 kW / 240 Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine used in the Civic, mated to a CVT with drive either going to the front or all four wheels.
Starting the range off, the entry-level VTi ($30 690 - R297 199) boasts keyless start, a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, eight-speaker sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels, reverse camera, tyre pressure monitor and LED daytime running lights.
Moving one up VTI-S ($33 290 - R322 377) adds 18-inch alloys, electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, satellite navigation and the option of all-wheel drive ($35 490 - R343 681), while the seven-seat only two-wheel drive VTI-L ($38 990 - R 378 542) gets leather seats, panoramic roof and automatic wipers.
Sitting at the top of the range, the all-wheel drive VTI-LX ($44 290 - R428 900) further benefits from active cornering full-LED headlights, DAB+ digital radio and Honda Sense driver assistance made up of Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning.
Expected to arrive on Australian dealership floors in July, Honda South Africa is yet to confirm final price and spec details, although local models could also get the updated 2.4-litre engine from the outgoing CR-V as well as a six-speed manual gearbox.