The new CRV is relatively bigger than the current model and unlike the current Japanese made CRV, the new vehicle is actually being manufactured in Thailand. Uha... The new CRV is set to come with a real-time AWD system as well as side curtain airbags, and if that wasn't enough, the CRV even comes with Radar cruise control (it will slow down if the car infront does).
The Rav 4 still hides the ugly spare tyre on the back (just like the current CRV) however with the new Model CRV, Honda have moved the spare tyre inside the car and under the floor. Nontheless, we shouldn't expect all these features to come to Australia. I mean after all, we tend to get the lower spec cars as most manufacturers seem to think that Australians don't want the full list of features and they'll still pay the same price as European customers who want all the features!
"We cannot comment on the final specification, but I cannot imagine everything being standard in Australia," Honda Australia senior director Lindsay Smalley says."Our car is coming out of Thailand, so some of the equipment they fit as standard for Europe will not be available."
So what about a Diesel version of the Honda CRV? Nope. Not gonna happen. Well at least the price will stay the same (currently starting at $30,000 plus on roads) right? Nope.
"The car in Australia will definitely be more expensive than the current model because of the equipment upgrades," Smalley says.
So what exactly do we miss on that the Europeans take forgranted? Well the European car is set to come with the following high end features:
- Front side-curtain airbags
- Electronic stability control (with Trailer Stability Assist)
- Active front headlamps.
- Radar Cruise Control
So far all that is confirmed from Honda Australia is that it will look like the pictures and it has a 2.0 Litre engine! Honda Europe says that the car is slightly faster than the current model when it comes to the 0-100 sprint.