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Initial details for the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V range have been confirmed this week, with the Japanese SUV to feature seven seats and turbo petrol power for the first time.

The fifth-generation SUV will offer the company’s 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, developing 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque, mated to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

Honda claims the new powertrain will deliver fuel-efficiency buyers “don’t expect” from an SUV.

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For the first time in the CR-V’s 20-year history Down Under, buyers will have the choice of five- or seven-seat configurations, while also having the usual choice of front- and all-wheel drive.

Based on an all-new architecture, the new CR-V features a longer wheelbase than the current iteration, meaning the already-generous rear passenger area will become even more accomodating.

Honda is aiming to change the public’s perception of its vehicles, hoping to offer benchmark steering precision, ride comfort, body control and cabin quietness for the medium SUV segment – in a similar way the new Civic made waves in the small car class.

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With the inclusion of third-row seating, the new CR-V will better rival three-row offerings like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail, along with the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and larger SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.

Full pricing and specifications for the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V range will be revealed closer to the local launch in July.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months.

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