A two-wheel-drive entry-level model has helped Honda introduce a sub-$28,000 price hook for the fourth-generation Honda CR-V.
The Japanese brand has finally been granted its wish for a more affordable version of its top selling compact SUV. It will only be available with petrol engines for now, but a diesel will finally be made available late next year.
Honda announced pricing for the new CR-V, which arrives in November, at the Australian international motor show today. The entry price for the base model front-drive VTi comes in at $27,490 before on-road costs are factored in. Honda says customers can expect a driveaway price for this model to be around $30,000.
The front-drive Honda CR-V has a smaller engine than the all-wheel-drive version, making do with a 2.0-litre instead of a 2.4.
This entry level engine generates 114kW and 190Nm and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission in the base car.
A five-speed automatic features in all other models including a two-wheel-drive VTi for $29,790. The average fuel consumption is 7.8L/100km, while the automatic version returns 7.7L/100km.
The AWD Honda CR-V generates 140kW and 222Nm from its 2.4-litre engine. The only available transmission is the five-speed automatic, which is fitted with paddle-shift controls. Fuel economy for this version is 8.7L/100km.
Pricing for the AWD model kicks off at $32,790 for the VTi.
A better specified VTi-S will be available for $36,290, while the fully loaded VTi-L sits atop the range at $42,990.
Honda Australia director Stephen Collins told CarAdvice that the company was keen to get hold of the more affordable front-drive Honda CR-V.
“We think it is really going to open up new opportunities for this car,” he said.
“It means we can go up against the likes of the [Mazda] CX-5 and there is great potential for conquests [from other brands].”
Honda expects that the AWD CR-V will continue to be the volume seller, predicting a share of 60 per cent compared with 40 per cent for the front-drive.
All Honda CR-Vs will come standard with cruise control, rear-view camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, hill start assist, front and side driver and passenger airbags as well as full-length side curtain airbags.
The VTi and VTi-S models sit on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the range-topping VTi-L gains 18-inch alloys.
VTi-S models also get automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, fog-lights, dual zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails and satellite navigation.
Stepping up to the VTi-L adds HID headlights with cornering function, an electric sunroof, keyless entry and start, an eight-way electric driver’s seats, front parking sensors and leather seats with heating function.
The Honda CR-V has been a massive model for Honda Australia since it was introduced back in 1995 and more than 133,000 have been sold locally.