Honda has officially unveiled the refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V in the United States, giving it a revised exterior design, new alloy wheels, a new US-built hybrid powertrain, as well as Honda Sensing being offered as standard across the line-up.
The new Honda CR-V will definitely reflect what may be coming soon for the Philippine market. For this year, Honda gave the CR-V a new front bumper design with a chrome detail running across the width of the bumper, a more prominent chrome grille, as well as new alloy wheels to keep it fresh and modern looking. The rear bumper has also been revised to include a thin chrome strip, while the rest of the body carries unchanged.
Interior appointments have also been slightly revised, with the flexible center console now made easier to configure and more flexible. Touring trims and higher get Qi wireless charging as standard. Design-wise, most of the interior carries over unchanged.
For 2020, Honda has dropped the base 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine in the US-market. Only the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine and the new hybrid powertrain remain. The turbo unit produces 190 hp and 243 Nm of torque, with power sent through the front or all four wheels via an Earth Dreams CVT. The new hybrid powertrain, meanwhile, consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine with two electric motors, essentially making it all-wheel drive. Total system output is 212 hp, and Honda says it offers a 50% better fuel economy than the 1.5-liter turbo engine.
Honda Sensing is now offered as standard in the US-market CR-V, bundling full speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, high beam assist, just to name a few.
The 2020 Honda CR-V will go on sale this fall, while the hybrid, which will be produced in Honda’s Indiana plant, will be sold a little later in early 2020.