• More powerful CR-V with first all new turbocharged powertrain
  • More premium interior boasts larger, quieter cabin with best in class rear seat legroom and larger, more versatile cargo space with electric tailgate
  • More connectivity with Honda’s Advanced Display Audio, 7” Touch Screen, in-built Navigation and featuring compatibility with Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™
  • More seats with a 7 seat CR-V model available in NZ for the first time
2nd May 2017 – The fifth generation, completely redesigned and reengineered 2018 CR-V arrives this winter, boasting bold new styling, a more premium interior, the model’s first ever turbocharged engine and a host of new features and technologies aimed to get the attention of the highly popular medium SUV segment buyers in NZ.

“The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every way, delivering more style, performance, economy, space, safety, connectivity and premium interior than ever before,” said Nadine Bell, General Manager Marketing, Honda New Zealand “Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V.”

Bold and Sophisticated New Design
The new CR-V styling heads in a fresh new direction with an assertive attitude, thanks to crisp and sharp new frontend design elements, aggressive stylised headlights surrounded by a wing shaped LED DRL array on all models with wide, muscular fenders. The long hood, longer wheelbase, short rear overhang and dual exhausts give the new CR-V a stronger stance and more athletic presence.

The CR-V’s new windswept front end includes signature Honda LED headlights, a Honda-first Active Shutter Grille that lowers aerodynamic drag, new 18” Alloy wheels and narrower A-pillars for improved visibility. Adding more convenience is an Electric Power Tailgate, which allows opening and closing the tailgate with the remote or simple touching the rear tailgate handle.

The new exterior design is complimented by the new CR-V platform’s best in class space efficiency. Its wider stance and longer wheelbase significantly benefit interior space – total interior volume is up with more rear seat legroom and the total cargo length with the second row seats folded flat has increased versus the previous model.

New Powertrain and Chassis Technology
The 2018 CR-V will feature CR-V’s first ever turbocharged engine, a more powerful and fuel efficient 1.5L, direct-injected and turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder powerplant rated at 142kw of power with 243 Nm of Torque. It delivers incredibly refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range.

The engine will be mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. The new more powerful turbo engine, transmission and aerodynamic body combine cleverly to improve fuel economy.

The all new body and chassis design in the 2018 CR-V provides more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility.

All wheel drive models feature an upgraded Real Time AWD System with a significant increase in maximum rear wheel torque delivery and new electronic control allowing stepless control in everyday driving conditions and further improved all weather confidence and control.

More Premium, Spacious and Technologically Advanced Interior
The 2018 CR-V also raises the bar for interior refinement, utility and premium features in the medium SUV class. The more spacious cabin, with best in class interior space, has upgraded quality materials throughout.

The CR-V offers the latest in vehicle connectivity with a new generation of advanced technologies. Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen featuring Advanced Display Audio with in-built Navigation and compatibility with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Advanced Safety and Driver Assistive Technology
Utilising Honda’s next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2018 CR-V targets the highest available collision safety ratings,

The 2018 CR-V AWD Sport further expands the Honda Sensing Active Safety Technologies with Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) and Auto High/Low Beam (HSS) Headlights.

All new 2018 CR-V Model Range
The new, New Zealand CR-V range sees the addition of 2WD and AWD high performance, mid-spec Touring models with the addition of a new 2WD Sport 7 seater to the luxury Sport range and the top spec AWD Sport featuring the suite of Honda’s active safety Sensing Technology.

CR-V 2WD Touring, CR-V AWD Touring, CR-V 2WD Sport 7, CR-V AWD Sport Sensing

Standard Specifications across range:    
Key Features standard across the rangeWheels
Electric TailgateModel Grade Specification:     
Front Wheel DriveReal Time AWD with Intelligent Control System
Fuel Economy 2WD 7.3L/100km

Fuel Economy AWD 7.4L/100km

Leather Premium Interior

7 Seats
Panoramic Sun Roof

2018 CR-V 
1.5L DOHC VTEC Turbo Engine
Advanced Display Audio with 7” Touch Screen
Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System™
Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™
Dynamic Multi-Angle Reversing Camera
Front & Rear Parking Sensors
LaneWatch Camera
Auto Headlights & Fog Lights
18” Alloys
Remote or Touch ActivatedModel Grade:
CR-V 2WD Touring
CR-V 2WD Sport 7
CR-V AWD Touring
CR-V AWD Sport Sensing
CR-V 2WD Touring
CR-V 2WD Sport 7
CR-V AWD Touring
CR-V AWD Sport Sensing
CR-V 2WD Sport 7
CR-V AWD Sport Sensing
CR-V 2WD Sport 7
CR-V 2WD Sport 7
CR-V AWD Sport Sensing
On Sale
Taking pre-orders now, with the new 2018 CR-V expected to arrive in Dealerships around the country in July.NOTE: Press Releases are direct from the Manufacturer, and not edited in any way.
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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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