Honda Malaysia has officially unveiled the 2020 Honda CR-V facelift here on our shores. Aside from a couple of minor styling updates and new features, the CR-V model line-up has dropped from four variants down to just three now – a 2.0-litre 2WD base variant, and two TC-P variants – 2WD and 4WD – powered by the 1.5-litre turbocharged mill.

Prices for the 2020 Honda CR-V starts at RM139,913 for the base variant, up to RM162,910 for the range-topping TC-P 4WD variant. All prices are on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of sales tax exemptions.

EXTERIOR

Updates to the exterior styling on the 2020 Honda CR-V is fairly reserved, with the main difference being the bumpers on both end of the mid-size SUV.

In front, the new lower fascia significantly cleans up the busy look of the outgoing model for a more modern and sophisticated appearance thanks to generous use of matte black plastics, highlighted by a chrome strip that forms the slats surrounding the lower air intake grille. Meanwhile, the large chrome trim on the upper grille has been replaced by an gloss black item, in line with the newer Honda models.

The cleaner, classier look is also mirrored on the rear bumpers, underscored by a matte chrome strip. The bumper also no long moulds around the dual exhaust exits, which are now trapezoidal items in chrome (on the turbocharged variants).

Other exterior highlights include the smoked rear taillights assembly, slightly tweaked automatic LED headlights with darker surrounds (standard across the range), and a new design for the 18-inch alloy wheels on the turbocharged variants. The two upper variants also get a powered tailgate with foot detection.

The 2020 Honda CR-V facelift in Malaysia is available in five exterior colours: Lunar Silver Metallic, Passion Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Dark Olive Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl – the last option being a new addition to the model, but carries a RM357 price premium.

PERFORMANCE

As mentioned above, the 2020 Honda CR-V will be offered in three variants, featuring two powertrains under the hood – both unchanged from before.

2.0L 2WD

  • Engine: 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol
  • Transmission: Continuous Variable Transmission
  • Drivetrain: Front engine, front-wheel drive
  • Max horsepower: 154 hp @ 6,500 rpm
  • Max torque: 189 Nm @ 4,300 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h: 11.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 192 km/h

1.5L TC-P 2WD and 4WD

  • Engine: 1.5-litre DOHC VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
  • Transmission: Continuous Variable Transmission
  • Drivetrain: Front engine, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
  • Max horsepower: 193 hp @ 5,600 rpm
  • Max torque: 243 Nm @ 2,000 – 5,000 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h: 2WD – 8.9 seconds, 4WD – 9.3 seconds
  • Top speed: 200 km/h

INTERIOR

While on first glance the cabin seems to be largely identical to the outgoing model, Honda has actually included a few creature comfort improvements to the interior of the 2020 CR-V facelift. These include two additional USB ports at the front centre stack below the gear lever, the aforementioned powered tailgate, as well as a new remote key fob that supports remote engine start (on the turbocharged models) and folding wing mirrors.

Other standard equipment across the board include a seven-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and multi-angle rear-view camera, seven-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable front seats – eight-way driver seat and four-way on the passenger seat.

The two higher variants also gets a premium wood-like interior trim, along with automatic windshield wipers.

SAFETY

Standard safety equipment across the board on the 2020 Honda CR-V include a new rear seatbelt reminder system, six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Agile Handle Assist, ABS, Brake Assist (BA) with EBD, Hill Start Assist, as well as the Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera – a new addition to the 2.0-litre 2WD variant. The turbocharged variants get four additional parking sensors in front; the base 2.0-litre variant only comes with the rear parking sensors.

The two turbocharged variants are also equipped with Honda’s latest Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance suite, which includes the following features:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Low Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
  • Auto High Beam (AHB)

PRICING

The 2020 Honda CR-V is priced as follows in Malaysia, on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of the sales tax exemptions until end 2020:

  • 2.0L 2WD – RM139,912.53
  • 1.5L TC-P 2WD – RM157,615.91
  • 1.5L TC-P 4WD – RM162,910.18

Pricing is reduced across the board compared to the outgoing model, which started at RM144,629.66 (without SST) for the 2.0L 2WD variant. As standard, all purchases also include a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, and a five-time free labour service within five years/100,000km.

Following the announcement of the sales tax exemptions, for the full updated price list of Honda models in Malaysia, click here.


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