Thanks to our sister site Autofun, we now get to see the updated CR-V in better detail.
Exterior – Subtle updates to keep the CR-V looking fresh
Up front, the updated CR-V features more black plastic bits and a new silver “jawline”, giving the new C-segment SUV a more aggressive front-end.
The front grille also gains a new gloss black finish, replacing the pre-facelift’s chrome finish. Flanking the new grille are new headlights with Smoked Chrome finish.
Not shown in these photos are the sequential turn signals in the headlights.
Moving to the rear, the CR-V facelift gains a new rear bumper. Like the headlights, the tail lights also receive a new Smoke Chrome finish.
Rounding off the exterior are a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
Interior – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
The interior of the updated Honda CR-V remains untouched, meaning that the model still continues to lead the segment with practicality and usability.
As before, petrol variants of the CR-V feature a traditional gear lever, while the diesel-powered variant features a push button-type shifter.
That being said, the Thai-market CR-V is now equipped with a panoramic sunroof, Qi Wireless charging pad, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and driver’s seat memory function.
The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment is carried-over, retaining support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Safety – Thais now get Sensing
For the first-time ever, the Honda Sensing ADAS suite is made available on the Thai-market CR-V, though the feature is limited to the range-topping DT EL 4WD variant.
That said, all variants are fitted with six airbags and Honda LaneWatch as standard.
Powertrain – No 1.5 turbo for Thailand
The updated Honda CR-V gets two carried-over powertrains in Thailand – a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine (173 PS, 224 Nm) mated to a CVT-type automatic and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel (160 PS, 350 Nm) hooked up to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Keep in mind that the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that is offered in Malaysia isn’t sold in Thailand.
When will the model be launched in Malaysia?
The updated Honda CR-V may not arrive in Malaysia before 2020 ends, making a 2021 debut more likely.