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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Honda CR-V Series II range has arrived in Australian showrooms with an expanded front-wheel-drive range, tweaked exterior styling and new technology, while retaining the pricing of the model it replaces.

Previously only available in entry-level VTi specification, the 114kW/190Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and front-wheel-drive drivetrain is now available in all three trim grades: $27,490 VTi manual and $29,790 auto, $33,290 VTi-S auto and $39,290 VTi-L auto (all prices before on-road costs).

Front-drive CR-V models are identically equipped to their four-wheel-drive counterparts but are $3000 cheaper.

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All upgrades to Honda’s Display Audio system, which includes a central touchscreen, reverse-view camera, a HDMI port and two USB ports, and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming. The flagship VTi-L variant comes with built-in satellite navigation, while the VTi and VTi-S can stream a navigation app from their phones through the vehicle screen.

Freshening the CR-V Series II’s exterior is a new grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, and a new Brilliant Sporty Blue metallic paint finish.

The CR-V diesel range won’t get any updates until the second half of 2015, due to those variants being sourced from a different factory (petrols are made in Thailand, diesels in the UK). The line-up continues to be offered in DTi-S 4WD manual ($38,290) and auto ($40,590) and DTi-L 4WD auto ($45,340) specifications.

2015 Honda CR-V key features model by model:

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Honda CR-V VTi
114kW/190Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (2WD) or 140kW/22Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (4WD)
Six-speed manual transmission (not available with 4WD) or five-speed automatic
Electric folding mirrors
LED daytime running lights
Cruise control
Display Audio system with touchscreen, reverse-view camera, HDMI port, two USB ports, and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming
Manual air conditioning
Fabric upholstery
17-inch alloy wheels (full size spare)

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Honda CR-V VTi-S (gains over VTi):
Steering wheel paddleshifters
Chrome door handles
Exhaust pipe finisher
Auto-dipping passenger mirror
Rain-sensing wipers
Front fog lights
Auto headlights
Dual-zone climate control
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Keyless entry and push-button start
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever
Lanewatch passenger-side camera system
Front and rear parking sensors
Alarm system

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Honda CR-V VTi-L (gains over VTi-S):
Sunroof
HID headlights
Satellite navigation
Auto up/down power windows (all seats)
Eight-way electric driver seat power lumbar, memory and heating
Four-way front passenger seat with heating
Leather upholstery
18-inch alloy wheels
Optional advanced driver assist system (ADAS) includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking and lane keep assist

 

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2015 Honda CR-V pricing (before on-road costs):
VTi 2WD manual $27,490
VTi 2WD auto $29,790
VTi 4WD auto $32,790
VTi-S 2WD auto $33,290
VTi-S 4WD auto $36,290
VTi-L 2WD auto $39,290
VTi-L 4WD auto $42,290
VTi-L ADAS 4WD auto $45,790




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