The mad dash to launch vehicles before the end of 2020 just received another participant with Honda Malaysia confirming that it will be accepting bookings at all 101 of Honda Malaysia's authorised dealerships nationwide for the facelifted 2020 Honda CR-V.
The booking books are now officially open for the facelifted 2020 Honda CR-V, while the launch of the SUV in Malaysia is expected to be in Q4 2020.
Just like many Honda facelift vehicles in the past, the aesthetics only receive subtle but noticeable changes and the facelift CR-V is no different.
The Honda CR-V facelift receives a new black grille combined with Honda's Signature LED headlights, while the new front bumper with new Wing-style chrome fascia enhances its bold appearance. The changes continue at the rear with new rear dark chrome and new smoked finish taillights. The rear bumper is also garnished with new wing-style chrome fascia and new tailpipe finisher. Further elevating the aesthetics of the New CR-V are its 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with a new design.
Perhaps the most noticeable new thing of the facelift Honda CR-V comes in the form of a convenient feature as the Honda CR-V will now come equipped with a handsfree powered tailgate (on selected variants) which can be activated with a foot motion under the rear bumper to open and close the cargo. This advanced feature provides convenience and easy access during loading and unloading cargo.
The drivetrain remains unchanged, with the tried and tested 1.5L VTEC Turbo engine, which produces 193PS and 243Nm, power is sent to a CVT-type automatic transmission.
The CR-V will also retain its all-wheel-drive 1.5L TC 4WD variant, in addition to the three 2WD variants - namely the 2.0L 2WD, 1,5L TC, and 1.5L TC-P.
Honda LaneWatch is now also a standard safety feature in the 2020 CR-V. Developed to improve driver awareness and assure safety, this system features a camera mounted on the left passenger side mirror with visuals displayed on the car's infotainment screen when the left turn signal is engaged.
As before, the Premium variant of 2020 CR-V will be equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of active-safety features which consists of eight features:
1. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
2. Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
3. Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
4. Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
5. Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
6. Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
7. Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
8. Auto High-Beam (AHB)
Since its launch in 2017, more than 36,0001 units of the 5th Generation CR-V have been delivered to Malaysian customers, contributing 19% (as of August 2020) to the overall Non-National SUV segment.
The launch of the New CR-V in Malaysia is expected to be in Q4 2020 and will up the ante to be the all-rounder of the SUV segment.