Visual highlights on the new car include LED lights front and rear, a longer bonnet and narrowed A-pillars for improved visibility. The car rides on 18 or 19in alloy wheels and sits higher than the current model.
The fifth-generation mid-sized SUV has an all-new platform and features turbocharged powertrain options for the first time. Wider, and with a longer wheelbase, it has more sculpted styling than the current CR-V, and reflects Honda’s desire to make the car a more premium product than its predecessor.
“The CR-V is a massive pillar for us,” he said. “I’m not sure that HR-V in the UK will ever become a four-wheel-drive car; most people in this segment will vote with their feet and buy two-wheel drive. So if we can assume that HR-V will only ever be two-wheel drive, then you’ve got to come up with a different proposition [with the CR-V].
“Can we compete with Land Rover as a brand? That’s less about CR-V and more about Honda as a brand."
Inside the new CR-V, Honda promises class-leading space and rear leg room, with better-quality materials and “more intricately stitched seats”. Rear passengers get a volume control for the sound system, while up front there’s the option of a 7.0in screen running an Android operating system with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include a hands-free tailgate, operated by a wave of a foot under the rear bumper, while a myriad of safety features have helped the car towards achieving a five-star rating in US crash tests.