New vs Old: 2020 Honda CR-V facelift - what's new?

Sanjay · Jul 15, 2020 10:30 AM

With Honda Automobile Thailand unveiling the 2020 Honda CR-V facelift at the Bangkok Motor Show, let’s take a look at what else is new beyond the visual nip and tuck, courtesy of live pics from our friends at Autofun.

Exterior - minor changes all around

Changes are subtle. The front features more black plastic bits and a silver ‘jawline’ - lending the car a more angular, pointy look like its 2020 Honda Civic cousin. 

Grille design remains largely the same, but the chrome gives way to a gloss black finish.

There's sequential indicators up front now, and Honda has given the headlights and tail lights a new Smoked Chrome finish. 

The rear also gets a bumper update that sports a cleaner look than the outgoing model.

Hands-free powered tailgate is now standard among all variants, so that's a plus.

On the sides, it looks pretty much the same save for a fresh set of 18-inch wheels.

Interior - Superior ergonomics stays

Not fixing what’s not broken is the motto and we’re glad to see that the superb ergonomics is largely untouched. 

There’s updates to the creature comforts, with the new CR-V gaining a panoramic sunroof, Qi wireless smartphone charging pad, auto-dimming rear view mirror and driver’s seat memory function.

Safety - A lot comes standard

Across the board, six airbags, stability control, and LaneWatch come standard. 

The Honda Sensing ADAS suite offered only on the top-of-the-line variant includes features such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams.

Performance - Options remain the same

Most get the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated, i-VTEC petrol four-cylinder chruning out 173 PS and 224 Nm of torque mated to a CVT. The range topper gets a 1.6-litre four-banger, i-DTEC turbodiesel making 160 PS and 350 Nm. Power on that is sent through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. 

Regardless, we'll most likely be keeping our 1.5-litre units.

When does it come to Malaysia?

Following recent trends, we could see it making to our shores somewhere in 2021.