The all-new sixth-generation Honda CR-V has now been officially launched in Thailand, at the ongoing 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show. The CR-V’s Thailand introduction will be its first official debut in the ASEAN region, although we Malaysians should be getting it very soon too, as Honda Malaysia has announced that it’ll be launching three all-new models this year – among which will most likely be this C-segment SUV.
The sixth-generation Honda CR-V has now grown in size, measuring over 70 mm longer and 10 mm wider than the model it replaces. Complementing its larger size are the new aggressive styling cues, characterised by its strong fenders, tall and flat front fascia, long bonnet, and exterior lighting design that further emphasises the model’s width.
Inside, the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V also gets a complete makeover thanks to the new and modernised dashboard design that’s seemingly taken wholesale from the Civic – although with an additional wooden trim to underscore its more mature stature in the line-up. Uniquely, the sixth-generation CR-V will also be offered in a seven-seater (or rather 5+2) configuration, although it’s only available in a single middle-tier variant.
Over in Thailand, the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V will be offered with two powertrain options: the lower-end variants get a familiar 1.5-litre turbocharged inline-four unit, which in the Land of Smiles, makes 190 hp and 242 Nm of torque, while the two higher-end variants are powered by the new 2.0-litre e:HEV hybrid mill for a total system output of 207 hp and 371 Nm.
Both powertrains are paired to a CVT gearbox (e-CVT for the hybrid), with power sent to all four wheels with the sole exception of the base E variant.
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As for the Honda CR-V’s kit list in Thailand, standard items include the LED exterior lighting, sequential front turn indicators, panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate, and 18-inch alloys. Opt for the top RS variant, and you’ll get additional body-coloured and gloss black trim pieces in place of black plastic, Adaptive Driving Beam headlights, a rear spoiler, and the 19-inch two-tone alloys.
Inside, the nine-inch free-standing touchscreen infotainment display is standard across the board replete with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, alongside a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster (except for the base E variant), and a wireless charging pad.
The range-topping RS variant gains additional creature comfort niceties such as a head-up display, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system, although the Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance suite is standard across all trim levels.
Pricing for the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V in Thailand starts at THB1,419,000 (approx. RM184k) for the entry-level 1.5 Turbo E 2WD variant, going up to THB1,589,000 (approx. RM206k) for the e:HEV ES 4WD, THB1,599,000 (approx. RM208k) for the 1.5 Turbo ES 4WD, THB1,649,000 (approx. RM214k) for the EL 4WD 7-seater, and finally THB1,729,000 (approx. RM225k) for the range-topping e:HEV RS 4WD.
Note that the hybrid variants in Thailand starts at a lower price due to their favourable duty structures. When the model does come into Malaysia though, expect the hybrid variant(s) to be at the top of the model line-up, just like all the other e:HEV variants in Malaysia.