The 2021 Honda CR-V facelift first made its global debut in the United States last year, and now it seems its Philippine launch may happen anytime soon. The facelifted CR-V just made its debut in Thailand and will make its first public appearance at the 2020 Bangkok Motor Show. Since most of our products are built at Honda’s Thailand plant, its local launch is sure to happen anytime soon.
The major changes for the facelifted 2021 Honda CR-V were made to the front and rear fascia. Starting first at the front, the front bumper has been revised to incorporate a new chrome trim which finishes with vertical elements at the sides. While the LED headlight design looks the same, the front LED turn signals now illuminate sequentially. Of course, there are the expected new alloy wheel designs, but the rest of the side profile remains unchanged. At the rear of the CR-V is a revised rear bumper with a satin silver trim piece running across its width.
Inside the 2021 Honda CR-V is the same interior as before. It still uses the same all-black interior theme along with faux wood trims. On the upside, there’s a new wireless phone charger and a revised center storage layout for better flexibility. Also, there’s a new hands-free function for the power liftgate on higher variants.
Under the hood of the Thai-market Honda CR-V is the same 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-4 petrol engine as before, producing 173 hp and 224 Nm of torque. A CVT is standard and AWD is optional. The 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine also remains–but just like before, Thais gets the more powerful unit with the twin-stage turbo. It produces 160 hp and 350 Nm of torque, sending power to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic. In the Philippines, the Honda CR-V comes with a 2.0-liter i-VTEC inline-4 petrol engine on the base variant and a lower-powered version of the diesel engine that Thais get.
As with every modern car nowadays, the 2021 Honda CR-V can be fitted with advanced driver-assist systems. Honda Sensing is offered on the higher variants, which includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, among other features.
The refreshed Honda CR-V will first make its public debut at the 2020 Bangkok Motor Show this week.