Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has officially launched the next-generation 2024 Honda CR-V. Now available for the first time in the Philippines as a hybrid, here’s everything you need to know about the Japanese automaker’s latest compact crossover SUV.
The main headline for the next-generation CR-V’s debut in the Philippines is the availability of the e:HEV hybrid variant for the first time. This marks the return of Honda’s hybrid models since the discontinuation of the Legend and CR-Z. It finally brings the Japanese automaker back into the electrification race in the Philippines again.
The said e:HEV variant will be sold as the range-topping RS e:HEV. As the sportiest model in the range, aesthetically, the RS e:HEV gets black 18-inch wheels, gloss black mirror caps, body-colored cladding, gloss black mesh grille, RS emblems, and the usual full set of LED exterior lighting as well, which for the RS e:HEV includes rear LED foglights.
As for the base V and mid-spec VX AWD, both of which use a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo gasoline engine, these models come with silver 18-inch wheels, black body cladding, chrome grille for a V, full LED exterior lighting with front sequential LED turn signals, and dual stainless steel exhaust finishers for the VX AWD. Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning that a hands-free powered tailgate is equipped as standard on all variants.
Inside, the 2024 Honda CR-V is also generously equipped whichever variant you choose. Already from the base V, stuff like black leather seats, tri-zone climate control, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, a 10.2-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all come as standard. Stepping up to the VX AWD adds a few nifty features such as Intelligent Dual and Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, additional faux wood trim, built-in navigation for the infotainment, and a smart key card to complement the standard smart key. These models also come with seven seats as standard.
Lastly, the range-topping RS e:HEV ups the ante with features such as a color head-up display, a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, black leather seats with red stitching, 4-way power lumbar adjustment for the front seats, a panoramic sunroof and piano black and brushed metal trims. Do note, however, that this variant only comes with five seats because where the third row would normally be has been taken up by the battery for the hybrid system.
As for engines, the V and VX AWD come with a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo gasoline engine as the base engine option. This produces 187 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque that’s sent to the front or all four wheels via a CVT. However, the powertrain you’re probably most keen to find out is the e:HEV hybrid drivetrain, which combines a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with an electric motor. The hybrid drivetrain has an impressive total system output of 201 horsepower and 335 Nm of torque, and this is sent to all four wheels via an e-CVT.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) also comes as standard in the entire CR-V range, which includes the usual features such as:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN)
- Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Auto-High Beam (AHB)
For the first time in a Honda, however, the CR-V will come with adaptive matrix LED headlights. Just like in Mazdas and a host of German premium cars, adaptive lights not only turns the high beam on or off, but the headlight cluster can make small adjustments to the beam so as to not dazzle other drivers, even if the headlights are in a constant high beam state.a
HCPI has also announced that the CR-V will be the first model in the Philippines to be equipped with the Honda Connect telematics system. Think of it like FordPass, which allows you to control via a smartphone app various vehicle functions such as the engine, windows, air conditioning, and door locks, as well as check the vehicle’s vital signs and current location.
Compared to the initial announcement, HCPI has slightly reduced the prices of the 2024 Honda CR-V, which are now the following:
- V Turbo: P2,100,000
- VX Turbo AWD: P2,280,000
- 2.0 RS e:HEV: P2,590,000