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Boldly Restyled and Significantly Enhanced 2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Powertrain, Advanced Features and New SE Trim

The CR-V raises the bar for 2015 with a major update that increases powertrain performance, fuel efficiency, safety, performance, value and fun
    
MARKHAM, ON (October 1, 2014) – Launching at Honda dealerships across Canada later this month, the new 2015 Honda CR-V receives the most significant mid-model cycle refresh in its history, with a new direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology™ i-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT), a new suite of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive features, significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, and a long list of new standard and available features.

Starting with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $25,9901, the 2015 CR-V has an improved NR CAN fuel consumption rating of 8.6/6.9/7.8 L/100 km2 (city/highway/combined) for the front-wheel-drive model and 9.1/7.2/8.3 L/100 km2 for Real Time AWD models, which are improvements of 1.7/0.8/1.3 L/100km and 1.5/0.7/1.1 L/100km, respectively over 2014 models (when measured against an equivalent NR CAN’s 5-cycle test method).

New for the 2015 CR-V:

•    More efficient direct-injected engine with torque up 11 percent
•    New seamless and sporty CVT for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency
•    Bold new exterior design plus chassis, braking system and sound isolation improvements
•    New standard features include a centre console armrest, sliding sunvisors and rear console ventilation ducts
•    New available features include a power tailgate, 10-way power and heated driver’s seat with memory, LED daytime running lights and Display Audio
•    Available Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features that includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)3, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)4, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)5, Lane Departure Warning (LDW)6 and Honda LaneWatch™7
•    New Canadian-exclusive SE trim

The CR-V is notably enhanced with multiple functionality upgrades, including a new configurable centre console, new rear console heat/air ventilation ducts, and an available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. A redesigned high-quality and high-tech interior further increases the CR-V’s sophistication. Exterior design changes, including re-styled front and rear bodywork, mirrors and wheels, lend the CR-V a bolder, sportier appearance with unique Honda style.

For 2015, the CR-V adds a Canadian-exclusive SE trim which will widen the overall appeal of the vehicle.  Positioned just above the LX trim, the CR-V SE is equipped with  a 7-inch Display Audio system with Hondalink Next Generation,  Smart Entry/Push-Button Start, 17” aluminum-alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, front wiper de-icer and LED daytime running lights.

The top-of-the-line Touring trim includes the first Honda application of two advanced driver-assistive technologies, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and the first CR-V adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). These systems, plus Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Honda LaneWatch™ are part of the new Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that, together with other high-end features, such as a power tailgate, bring a new level of sophistication to  the CR-V.

These improvements, especially the significant feature upgrades, the all-new SE trim and line-topping Touring trim, provide customers with more value and choice than ever before. Add in its car-like interior comfort and smooth, quiet ride, and the enhanced and upgraded 2015 Honda CR-V once again sets a new benchmark for the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Customers can view, build and price at 2015 Honda CR-V at www.honda.ca.


Telematics
The 2015 CR-V includes easy-to-read instrumentation and, for the first time on CR-V, Honda’s new 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. Display Audio, standard on SE and above trim levels, allows the user to tap, pinch, and swipe – just like on a smart phone or tablet – to control audio and other telematics features, including the available next-generation HondaLink™8 and the Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System™9. All CR-Vs retain the full-colour intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that offers a range of customizable features via fingertip controls on the steering wheel. The CR-V’s audio and telematics systems offer a high level of connectivity, including a standard SMS text messaging function and Bluetooth®10 HandsFreeLink® phone interface.

Powertrain
The 2015 CR-V’s new Earth Dreams Technology™ 2.4-litre direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine produces 181 lb-ft of torque, an 11-percent increase over the previous engine’s 163 lb-ft11 while making the same 185 horsepower12. The new lighter-weight engine is mated to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-design Shift that provides smooth, seamless ratio changes and contributes to fuel consumption ratings of 8.6/6.9/7.8 L/100 km2 (city/highway/combined) for the front-wheel-drive model and 9.1/7.2/8.3 L/100 km2 for the Real Time AWD models.

Chassis
An updated suspension design, and features such as Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)13 and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) all contribute to the 2015 CR-V’s quality driving experience, which is enhanced further on the SE and above trims with wider front and rear track dimensions due to wider wheels (+0.5 inches). The CR-V uses front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension systems that benefit from tuning changes. The rear multi-link system helps maximize rear seating and cargo space while providing stable and comfortable handling and ride quality. Newly revised shock absorber tuning helps deliver a refined driving feel.

Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
As with all Honda vehicles, safety is a primary focus, starting with the CR-V’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that helps make the CR-V highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of a frontal collision crash. Overall, the body receives more than 60 changes to improve stiffness and collision performance, and the 2015 CR-V is targeted to achieve top safety ratings, including a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the U.S. NHTSA. Standard safety equipment on all models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) electronic stability control system, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, frontal airbags, side-curtain airbags, SmartVent® front-side airbags, and a front seat design that can help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. The newly available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive features includes Honda LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). These systems benefit from the adoption of new sensor fusion technology that integrates the capabilities of a windshield-mounted monocular camera and millimeter wave radar to provide enhanced sensing with ability to identify and anticipate multiple collision scenarios, including a pedestrian collision, and initiate warnings and, in some cases, emergency braking.



For More Information
Consumer information is available at www.honda.ca. To join the CR-V community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/hondacanada. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda CR-V is available at www.hondanews.ca.

1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Estimated fuel economy based on Government of Canada’s new 5-cycle testing method.  Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison  only.  For more information on 5-cycle testing, visit http://vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca.

3 CMBS™ cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

4 ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision.

5 LKAS only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LKAS may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

6 LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

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Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes

8 HondaLink™ access within the Display Audio interface is currently only compatible with iPhone® 5 and newer models.

9 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models and standard on Touring models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. . Please see your Honda dealer for details.

10 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

11 181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm (SAE net)

12 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net)

13 VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle’s course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.

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