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The 2013 Honda CR-V is headed for South Africa

With Great Value, Functionality, Advanced Features and Efficiency in a Compact SUV.

The 2013 Honda CR-V is planned for launch in South Africa in December 2012. The award-winning compact SUV has a huge compliment of ‘extra’ features as standard, 31-mpg EPA highway rating and available Real Time AWD system.

The fourth-generation Honda CR-V was launched in 2012 in the USA and is one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America. For 2013 the new Honda SUV is IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and is has NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score1. The CR-V also has awards from Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com and J.D. Power and Associates.

Compact on the outside and roomy inside, the CR-V represents an unparalleled balance of size and capability in the entry SUV segment. With its car-like interior comfort, a smooth and quiet ride, plus innovative features, the versatile CR-V is a great fit for families or anyone with an active lifestyle.

The 2013 Honda SUV model line-up is expected to be similar to the European models, with more details on exact South African specifications to follow, however there will be no shortage of features for safety and convenience. The ‘entry’ level CR-V LX has standard air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth® Hands Free Link, rear-view camera, colour i-MID display, remote entry, 160-watt 4-speaker audio system and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS).

Bolder, Yet Quiet Ride

The Honda CR-V's body is designed to contribute to high fuel efficiency and vehicle safety while enhancing the functional and refined aspects of this entry-level SUV. The CR-V has an aggressive and aerodynamic stance with deep sculpting of the bodylines and a bold front fascia. The highly rigid unibody construction combines with lightweight suspension components, noise insulation and aerodynamic features including underbody covers and a rear spoiler to enhance quietness and ride quality.
Large 5-spoke wheels and bold fender flares emphasize the vehicle's dynamic presence and capability. All CR-V models feature an exterior Expanded-View Driver's Mirror that adds an additional 5.5 degrees of visibility at the outer edge of the mirror's field of view.

Small on the Outside, Big on the Inside

The Honda CR-V's "small on the outside, big on the inside" packaging is the key to its appeal. The roomy 5-passenger seating layout provides plenty of space to stretch out, front and rear, and there's abundant storage.
Despite being slightly shorter and lower than its predecessor, the new SUV has the same very generous interior space. The boot volume has grown by 148 litres - it now offers a total volume of 589 litres, which can be expanded to 1648 if you fold the one-motion, 'easy-fold-down' rear seats. Also aiming to make your life a little easier, Honda is offering a power tailgate.
The CR-V is well equipped with sophisticated instrumentation that includes an average fuel-economy indicator, instant fuel economy, miles-to-empty indicators, an engine oil-life indicator and more. A standard full-colour "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) offers a range of customizable features via fingertip controls on the steering wheel. A multi-angle rear-view camera, standard on all models, provides a choice of three different views on the i-MID or navigation screen, offering more visual information for the driver when backing up.

The Honda Approach to Safety

The 2013 CR-V exemplifies the Honda approach to safety. As standard equipment, every CR-V incorporates: VSA electronic stability control system with roll-over sensor; ABS with Brake Assist; driver and front-passenger airbags; side-curtain airbags; front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. An Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure helps make the CR-V highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal crash. A pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle is also included, as are daytime running lights (DRL).
Third-party analysis highlights the CR-V's safety credentials. The CR-V has been named a TOP SAFETY PICK (the highest rating possible) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes. The rating also factors in standard electronic stability control as well as rollover performance based on ratings in IIHS tests. The CR-V earned the highest-possible score of GOOD in all four ratings, including the rigorous roof-strength test. The CR-V also earned NHTSA's best-possible Overall Vehicle Score of 5-Stars, with 5-Star ratings for the frontal crash safety test and both side crash safety tests1 in all evaluated front and rear seating positions and scenarios.

Strides Forward in Economy

All models demonstrate a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions versus the previous models. The CR-V features a sophisticated powertrain that offers a refined balance of versatile performance for city and highway driving and high levels of fuel efficiency for an SUV. All CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque (SAE net)

The engine is paired with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission that works in conjunction with the engine's Drive-By-Wire™ throttle control to smooth shifting action, and Honda's unique Grade Logic Control system can intuitively hold the most appropriate gear on hilly roads, reducing unnecessary shifting. For the all-season confidence of all-wheel drive, the Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is available to help access available traction in low-grip driving conditions such as snow, rain and unpaved road surfaces.

The CR-V has an EPA fuel economy6 rating of 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined (FWD) and a compact SUV-class leading 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined rating for the AWD CR-V. Standard Eco Assist indicates to the driver when the vehicle is being operated in an efficient style via "green" visual cues surrounding the speedometer, and a selectable ECON Mode alters operating characteristics of the vehicle to support an efficient driving style.

Chassis for Comfort, Enjoyment and Confidence

With its fully independent front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension, the 2013 CR-V chassis is designed to maximize passenger comfort, driving enjoyment, and confidence. All CR-V models feature Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) that works with the standard VSA and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in slippery road conditions both during cornering and under braking, and automatically initiates steering wheel inputs to prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction. This advanced new technology supports the driver's action in operating the vehicle more comfortably and with greater confidence. CR-V EX and EX-L models are equipped with 225/65-17 all-season tires with 17x6.5-inch aluminium alloy wheels. The CR-V LX is equipped with 215/70-16 all-season tires with 16x6.5-inch stamped steel wheels.

Honda CR-V News and Reviews

IOL: Honda Reveals SA-bound CR-V
Honda.com News - New 2013 Honda CR-V
NetCarShow.com 2013 Honda CR-V Review

Coming Soon!

The 2013 CR-V is planned for delivery to your local Mekor Honda Dealer in December 2012. To keep up to date with the launch and details and specifications as they are announced, please contact your local Mekor Honda South Africa Dealer.

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