Since it was first introduced in Indonesia in 2000, the Honda CR-V has been sold more than 100,000 units by February 2011. This has put Honda CR-V as the market leader in the Indonesian SUV. Until the second month of 2011, Honda CR-V grabs 30 percent market share or the largest in its class with 2158 units sold.
Many awards snapped including the Car of the Year, Best SUV, Favorites Consumers Choice, to the Best Customer Satisfaction. Recently, Honda CR-V received the award for “Favorite SUV” of the event Autocar Reader’s Choice Award 2011.
The Honda CR-V equipped with 2.4-liter, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine which is designed to meet the fuel-mileage and lower-emissions goals. The model after 2008 can achieves 21/28/24 mpg (city/highway/combined) fuel efficiency and has a ULEV-2 CARB emissions rating.
The 5-speed automatic transmission features Grade Logic Control. The transmission uses the engine’s broad torque curve for brisk acceleration, optimal fuel economy and smooth-shifting characteristics. The Grade Logic Control can automatically detect driving condition and set appropriate gear for the car. This reduces gear-hunting on ascents and descents, and downshifts for added engine braking.
The Drive By Wire throttle system allows for faster response compare to the more conventional cable throttle. This in turn provides more fuel efficiency and drivability with minimum adjustment and maintenance.
The 4WD Honda CRV also has a system called Real Time 4 wheel drive. With this system, the engine will automatically turn the 4WD on and off depending on the traction received by the front wheel. It powered by dual hydraulics pumps allowing transfer of power to the rear wheel without the driver intervention.
Toyota is rumored to have designed the 2012 Honda CR-V which will be completely different from the current model which has been available since 2007. The detail is currently kept secret but some feature leaked to the press talks about bolder styling, more comfort and more importantly improved fuel efficiency.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is also going to be a little bit bigger that the current one but will still be a five seater and four doors SUV.
This would probably explain the lack of updates for the 2011 Honda CR-V models. Even though Honda managed to get more power out of the engine, around 14 horses, as well as an updated grille, compared to the major facelift that usually happens every two years for Honda models, the CR-V is a bit behind.
Update : The New CRV has been launched and reviewed here