Honda CR-V 2012 GCC launch in UAE
The redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V was launched to the GCC media today at an event in the UAE. Essentially an all-new model, some of the specs remain familiar, but there are some major changes.
The GCC-spec 2012 CR-V will now come from the United States instead of Japan to avoid the currency fluctuations that have driven up Honda prices in recent years. And while the all-new design looks larger than the previous model, it is actually an inch shorter in both length and height, about 20 kilos lighter and apparently 10% more aerodynamic. It comes in LX, EX and EX-Leather flavours.
It is still powered by a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine, with power now bumped up to 188 hp as well as 222 Nm of torque. Even the basic 5-speed automatic transmission remains the same. But Honda now tacks on an improved all-wheel-drive system that still drives the front wheels most of the time but can send torque to the rear wheels anytime, instead of like the old system that used to wait for the front wheels to lose traction and spin first.
The old CR-V impressed us before with its versatile storage ideas, and the new model takes that further, with more cabin space and an ingenious mechanism to fold flat the rear seats. The 5-seater cabin still retains its previous textured hard-plastic demeanour though, with only the armrests getting some padding.
The LX gets 17-inch alloys, a 4-speaker CD stereo with AUX port, mirror-mounted indicators, ABS, stability control and front airbags. Only the EX and EX-L models get 18-inch wheels, a 6-speaker stereo with USB/AUX ports, cruise control, HID headlights, fog lamps, dual-zone auto a/c, sunroof, Bluetooth, rear camera and an “i-MID” LCD display. The EX-L itself further gets side/curtain airbags, leather and a power driver’s seat.
The 2012 Honda CR-V should still be as entertaining to drive as the outgoing model, and potentials buyers now have to hand over anywhere from Dhs 99,000 to Dhs 120,000 for the privilege.
Keep track of updates in the Honda CR-V buyer guide.
I would still go for Kia Sportage for this…100K basic 5 speed…grandmothers car