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2017 Honda CR-V launched in Malaysia – three 1.5L Turbo, one 2.0L NA, priced from RM142k to RM168k
In Cars, Honda, Local Car Launches / By Anthony Lim / 12 July 2017 12:00 pm / 228 comments

Honda Malaysia has officially introduced the 2017 Honda CR-V in the country, and the fifth-generation RW arrives here in four variant forms, three of which are turbocharged. The three turbo versions are led by the range-topping 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD, which is equipped with Honda Sensing and LaneWatch, and this is followed by the the 1.5L Turbo in 2WD and 4WD guise.

All the turbo variants are equipped with a 1.5 litre direct injection turbocharged VTEC engine, the same seen on the Civic, but output of the L15B7 has been bumped up in this application to 193 PS at 5,600 rpm and 243 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, or 20 PS and 23 Nm more than that on the sedan. Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h time of 8.8 seconds for the Turbo 2WD and Turbo Premium 2WD, and 9.2 seconds for the Turbo 4WD, with all having the same 200 km/h top speed.

The fourth CR-V is a normally-aspirated version, and the 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD is the entry-level offering in the new CR-V range. The base model retains the previously-seen R20 naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre i-VTEC motor with 154 PS at 6,500 rpm and 189 Nm at 4,300 rpm, good enough for a 0-100 km/h time of 11.3 seconds and a 193 km/h top speed. All four CR-V models feature Honda’s Earth Dreams CVT transmission, which replaces the five-speed auto seen in the outgoing model.

Measuring 4,584 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,689 mm tall, the new CR-V is six millimetres shorter but 35 mm wider and four millimetres higher than the previous-gen, while the wheelbase has seen an increase of 40 mm, now measuring 2,660 mm.

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Some other relevant numbers. Ground clearance is 198 mm, except for the 4WD model, which has an additional 10 mm (208 mm) of clearance. Kerb weight is 1,520 kg for the 2.0L NA, while the Turbo 2WD is 1,543 kg. The Turbo 4WD, meanwhile, tips the scales at 1,595 kg, while the top-of-the-line Turbo Premium 2WD weighs in at 1,549 kg.

The automaker says that the new car offers best-in-class space, and interior volume has been bumped up to around the 4,100 litre mark, roughly around 100 litres more than the old car. Boot space with the second-row rear seats up is 522 litres, and 1,084 litres with the seats folded flat – in this particular configuration, 1,830 mm of flat floor cargo space is available.

As already highlighted previously, the complete CR-V range sold in Malaysia are all five-seat versions, which is along the lines the SUV was designed on. According to Honda Malaysia, a survey showed buyers in the target market don’t really look at extra seating as a primary point of consideration, instead placing space and features ahead of the additional seats, and so the decision was made to retain the familiar five-seat layout.

The CR-V is pretty comprehensively equipped, even at base model level. Standard equipment across the entire range includes auto LED headlights and LED DRLs and fog lamps, black combination leather seats, walk-away auto door locking, smart keyless entry with push-start ignition, paddle shifters, dual-zone air-conditioning and rear AC vents.

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Also on, cruise control, an auto dimming rear view mirror, eight-way driver powered seat with lumbar support and four-way passenger powered seat, four-way rear parking sensors, two rear USB charging ports, a three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel and one-touch folding seats.

All the CR-V variants also come equipped with an eight-speaker, seven-inch Advanced Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and hands-free telephone connectivity along with two front USB and HDMI ports.

There’s also a full colour LCD TFT instrument meter panel, which can display a number of functions, the readouts including telephone calls, music and FM station selection. On the 4WD model, the instrument panel can also display torque distribution.

Away from the 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD, the turbo models come with auto wipers and four-corner front parking sensors. The normally-aspirated 2.0 litre also gets silver interior trim accents and rides on 17-inch alloys wrapped with 235/65 rubbers, while all the turbo variants get a wood finish and are equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels and 235/60 tyres.

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The 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD adds on auto high beam, active cornering lights and a height-adjustable powered tailgate, which can be programmed to open to a certain height for ease of use.

It’s also the only variant equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems, which we have already detailed in our preview drive with the car.

The range-topping CR-V 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD is the first Honda to be sold here with the package, which utilises a millimetre wave radar in the grille and a monocular camera positioned at the top of the windscreen to provide a number of new active safety features.

It groups seven items under its umbrella, these being Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the last working together with a Low Speed Follow (LSF) function.

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In terms of safety, the ASEAN NCAP five-star rated CR-V features six airbags (dual front, side and side curtain) across the entire model range, which is up from the four on the outgoing 2.0 2WD and 4WD variants (only the range-topping 2.4 4WD model had six) as well as rear Isofix mounting points.

Elsewhere, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is standard across the range, now supplanted with Agile Handle Assist (AHA). The CR-V also comes with hill-start assist, auto brake hold, ABS/EBD a multi-angle rear view camera

As for overall performance, the automaker says that the new CR-V – in its 1.5L Turbo guise – offers improvements over the fourth-gen in all relevant areas across the board. These include improved dynamics and stability, better steering precision and feedback as well as less delay in vehicle movement in response to input. Needless to say, it’s also faster off the mark and correspondingly, sportier in nature.

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance has also been improved on, with a number of revisions helping to achieve the necessary. Items in the rework include the incorporation of additional sound insulation materials and a new floating rear sub-frame.

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Also on, a re-optimised arm configuration for the the multi-link rear suspension and the introduction of liquid-filled compliance bushings and mountings. It’s all good enough to bring the NVH levels to European SUV levels, according to the automaker.

Five colours are available for the CR-V, these being Obsidian Blue Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic and a new shade called Dark Olive Metallic. There’s a RM400 premium for the White Orchid Pearl

The 2017 Honda CR-V range is priced as follows:
Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD – RM167,700
Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo 4WD – RM161,600
Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo 2WD – RM155,700
Honda CR-V 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD – RM142,400

All prices are on-the-road without insurance, and the car marks the first time Honda Malaysia is announcing OTR prices without insurance in light of the country’s liberalisation of comprehensive motor insurance on July 1, 2017.

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In a nutshell, here are the specifications of the new fifth-gen CR-V variants for the Malaysian market.

Honda CR-V 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD
2.0 litre i-VTEC naturally-aspirated engine
154 PS at 6,500 rpm and 189 Nm at 4,300 rpm
Earth Dreams CVT
1,520 kg kerb weight
0-100 km/h in 11.3 seconds, 193 km/h top speed
17-inch alloy wheels, 235/65 profile tyres
Auto LED headlights
LED daytime running lights
LED fog lamps
Black combination leather upholstery
Silver finish interior accent trim
Smart keyless entry with push-start ignition
Full colour LCD TFT instrument meter panel
Paddle shifters
Three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel
Dual-zone air-conditioning, rear AC vents
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Eight-way driver powered seat with lumbar support
Four-way passenger powered seat
Cruise control
Four-way rear parking sensors
Eight-speaker, seven-inch Advanced Display Audio system
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
Hands-free telephone connectivity
Two front, two rear USB charging ports; front HDMI port
Walk-away auto door locking function
Six airbags (dual front, side, side curtain)
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Agile Handle Assist (AHA)
Hill-start assist
Auto brake hold
Rear Isofix mounting points
Multi-angle rear view camera
CR-V 1.5L Turbo 2WD adds on:
1.5 litre direct injection turbocharged VTEC engine
193 PS at 5,600 rpm and 243 Nm from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm
1,543 kg kerb weight
0-100 km/h in 8.8 seconds, 200 km/h top speed
18-inch alloy wheels, 235/60 profile tyres
Auto wipers
Four-corner front parking sensors
Wood finish interior accent trim
CR-V 1.5L Turbo 4WD adds on:
Four-wheel drive system
Torque distribution monitor (displayed via instrument panel)
1,595 kg kerb weight
0-100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, 200 km/h top speed
CR-V 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD adds on:
Auto high beam
Active cornering lights
Height-adjustable, programmable powered tailgate
1,549 kg kerb weight
0-100 km/h in 8.8 seconds, 200 km/h top speed
Honda LaneWatch
Honda Sensing safety suite, comprising
– Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
– Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
– Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
– Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
– Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
– Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
– Low Speed Follow (LSF)
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Honda Malaysia is also making a number of add-on packages available for the car, and the list is led by an Urban Package (RM1,790), which adds on door visors, rear bumper protector and illuminated side steps.

Next, an Aero Package (RM5.700), which introduces a front aero bumper, running boards and a rear aero bumper. The Aero Package is also available for the 2.0L, but adds on an exhaust pipe finisher and RM200 to the price (RM5,900).

Finally, there’s an Utility Package (RM1,165), and items in this are a trunk organiser, sun shades, door protector film, a cargo net and a cargo tray. To complete things, there are a number of window film tint options available for the SUV.

You can compare the specifications of all the 2017 Honda CR-V variants on CarBase.my.

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD

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GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V 2.0L i-VTEC 2WD with Modulo kit

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V slide showcase, technical presentation

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Anthony Lim believes that nothing is better than a good smoke and a car with character, with good handling aspects being top of the prize heap. Having spent more than a decade and a half with an English tabloid daily never being able to grasp the meaning of brevity or being succinct, he wags his tail furiously at the idea of waffling – in greater detail – about cars and all their intrinsic peculiarities here.

Comments

applegreen on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm
Tiguan RM169k, CRV 168k, 3008 RM ? , CX-5 RM ?

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JB_KIA on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm
Kia Sorento 7-seater RM139k.

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Ahmad Najib on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm
After 5 year become 39k….haha

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tkhengong on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm
Naza Kia has a program that guarantees the value of your car after the fifth year. After that, you can trade it in for another KIA vehicle. Only drawback, is you are stuck with KIA.

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Henry on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm
KIA for life. Not bad mah.

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm
ok leh, kia also have nice car..

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YB Kunta Kinte on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm
Prices have gone up quite a lot. These prices are without insurance. Don’t be fooled with the OTR mention.

Already we Malaysians are paying the highest car prices in the world. To make it worse, our GDP per capita is one of the lowest in the world. According to EPF statistics, 78.3% of ALL its contributors only earn RM1500 and below.

We Malaysians not only earn so little, our car prices and petrol prices keep on going higher and higher

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j on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Im gonna call bull on this “fact” again. According to DOSM (Report of Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey 2014), median income is Rm6141 at compounded yearly increase of 10%. At 2017, its estimated will be at Rm8173.
Its no wonder C-segments & D-segments & SUVs & MPVs r getting hotter day by day.

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William Teh on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm
RM8173??? I cannot stop laughing!

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:21 pm
My source come from DOSM website which is accessible by anyone. Where does ur source comes from?

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:29 pm
www.dosm.gov.my/
“Report of Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey 2014”

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karam singh on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:26 am
Okayyy senang je…Household Income RM8173. Rumah duduk 10 orang, gaji sorang RM817.30 cukup makan…

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john on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm
Report is titled Household but its Rm8k per capita.

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Helmi on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:19 am
dah bosan dengan penipuan john. bosan!

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JAV on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm
Seperti dijanjikan, harga kereta akan diturunkan secara berperingkat hingga 2017.

Harga CRV @ 2013 – RM200k. 30% diskaun 2017

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John Fake News Poster on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:38 pm
People are fed up with fake news. Fake news like Malaysians earning RM8143

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Dr Saiful on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm
I am a doctor at KLGH. My household income is no where near to RM8173! I honestly cannot brain your numbers!

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Stats on Jul 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm
Do you guys even know what MEDIAN means?

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Seth on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm
They dont. Pls ask them to go back to school and learn more abt stats n what r median and mean.

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FireAce on Jul 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm
If being a medical doctor and he is not part of “median” tier. Then I cannot imagine who else qualify to sit in the “Median”.

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm
Hidden due to lowcomment rating. Click here to see.

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John Fake News on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Hallo abang, tell us where is cheap CRV & reduce car prices 30%. EPF statistics show 78.3% of EPF contributors earn ONLY RM1500 and below. The Honda CRV car is at RM142k to RM168k.

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm
Helloooo KK the mental patient. According to DOSM (Report of Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey 2014), median income is Rm6141 at compounded yearly increase of 10%. At 2017, its estimated will be at Rm8173.
Its no wonder C-segments & D-segments & SUVs & MPVs r getting hotter day by day.

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Penipu on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm
ha ha ha ha, orang malaysia dapat RM8000? tu orang kaya lah beb

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Halim on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:25 pm
john nampak sgt nipu…

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm
Tau tak apa perkataan: purata?

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John Fake News Poster on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm
another fake news. Same like cheapest oil in the world and cheapest car prices in the world

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Dr Saiful on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:22 pm
If everybody has that average income of RM8k, everybody can buy Accord, Camry etc. Why do people still buy Axia?

Most of my friends use Myvi and Axia cause they say they cannot afford anything more

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Jaslan on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:33 pm
john, can you stop spreading fake news? Gives PT a bad name

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Helmi on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:21 am
kalo org dapat 8 ribu tak ada orang susah kat Msia

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Zakaria on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:29 am
Boring maximum dgn fake news poster. Ha ha ha ha Rm8000

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Jaslan on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:37 pm
please stop your lies. The old CRV, OTR, can get at RM135k.

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KuntaSupporter on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm
CRV dashboard looks terrible… can’t wait to see the new cx!

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Citroen sales man kunta panic on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm
Many sales people from other brands are panic now

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Edwin Ang on Jul 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm
Citroen got any offer?

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YB Kunta Kinte on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm
Prices have gone up substantially. These prices DO NOT include insurance.

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Polla on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm
RM142k = SGD45.5k drop

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DK on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:57 am
Yo Honda Malaysia. I have a very simple question for you geniuses in the product planning department. What car do you want your 7-seater Honda BR-V buyers to upgrade to in the years to come? The Nissan X-Trail???

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Carazy on Jul 13, 2017 at 11:44 am
CH-R. period

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DK on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm
7 seater buyer moving to an even smaller 5 seater??? you must be one of the geniuses working in proton reducing the airbags or features in facelifted proton exora or iriz.

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suprima on Jul 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm
Why dragged in P1 here? Irrelevant

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Zz on Jul 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm
Yeah should hv 7 seater. Now i am just keeping my current CRV.

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Zz on Jul 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm
Yeah should hv 7 seater. Now i am just keeping my current CRV. Hehe

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azrain on Jul 13, 2017 at 11:08 am
Dont get the pug 3008.. its a trap.. it will slowly kill you after the third year.. experiencing right now..

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Henry on Jul 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm
Ya, money trap.

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rchoo on Sep 13, 2017 at 9:18 am
Mine is coming to 4th year soon at 88,000km with exactly ZERO problem, I will buy either 3008 or the coming 5008 that’s for sure

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Ci Ar Vee on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm
Finally…

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Nkh on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Finally…still missing 2 seats.

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm
sigh.. why cut the 2 seat?!

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Das Auto on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm
VW Tiguan > All

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm
few of my friends using Polo, Passat CC, all vomit blood and swear never but VW again.. why ar?

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shaw on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm
wait till 4wd premium comes out

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Sama L00 on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm
Tenkiu DRB Hicom survey – CRV 5-Seater.
TOYOTA CH-R is poised for supremacy, SUV Of The Year 2017 !

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Siviti on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm
Now all CVT. Locals seem to like CVT.

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Dennis Tan on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm
Yes likey. P1 punch CVT especially.

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm
Judging by the amount of Saga3flx, Preve, and Exora on roads, very much likey yes.

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JZ on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm
err because they cant choose which type of auto tranny they wanted maybe?

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john on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm
How many auto tranny can they choose in a vios?

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sohhai on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm
Strange, Honda is using the R20A version engine used in the previous gen Accord and current Perdana as opposed to the R20Z improved version which is used in the current Accord and previous gen CR-V. What is the reason for this?? Low sales of Perdana prompting Honda to have to use the R20A engine to clear inventory?

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WRK on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm
It’s called Dumping Ground. All these while Toyota and Nissan used to do that and now Honda has joined the bandwagon. As long as politicians involved in these automotive business nobody is going to stop this act.

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ChocSaltyBola on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm
At least Honda tries to mask it with nice gadgets for the car. Toyota and Nissan not even bothered. Old tech with bare care but comparable prices.

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm
Not politicians, but MY pipu. They say dinosar tech is reliable and gooding. So how leh?

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ex-VGM staff on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm
Some engines were designed and engineered for different purposes like stronger torque etc. Even though there is variable valve timing, such thing as different configuration of bore x stroke still matters. Honda have engineers. Most of the bashers here is PT are just engine-near.

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DK on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm
Who wants to bet that the best selling 1.5l Turbo model would be the only one with 4WD?

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klguy on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm
Who needs 4WD in congested traffic to shopping malls ?

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dickay on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm
DK

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Tom on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm
But the strongest reason to having 4wd is the amazing traction you get when you are driving in the rain. It is not meant for offroad.

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Aunty Anne on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm
That CRV aunty go pasar confirm know the 4WD diff

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mufcwin on Jul 13, 2017 at 12:33 am
Aunty can drive up and park at the kerb meant for people to walk nearby pasar

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kiddd on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm
Sorry Honda..
without 7 seaters, I’ll prefer Kia Sorento..

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karam singh on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Well, no one stopping you.

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Abang Alza Pakai Topi on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm
Honda BRV 7 seaters.

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Dylan Ch’ng on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm
Toyota Avanza too. Plus weld the diff and can do burnouts

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waters on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm
No need say sorry. Honda doesn’t care about you.

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spec spec on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:56 pm
dont punish yourself driving this cvt 240nm honda bro.. get the 2.2 turbo sorento 200ps 440nm 6 speed auto… you will be king of the highway for sure.. sorento – german engineered korean made

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YB Kunta Kinte on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm
OMG OMG. Who can afford at this price? This is ridicuolus. In US, the previous 2.4 was only USD$22k. A frsh graduate there earns US$4500 per month

In Malaysia, fresh graduate here earn RM2500. But car is RM170k. Where got logic? Somemore CKD with Made in Malaysia parts, it should be far cheaper. That is the whole purpose of CKD, to make it affordable to Malaysians.

This is why Malaysian Gomen encouraged CKD. In the 90s, all our cars were CBU. But gomen said CKD would be affordable to Malaysians and started CKDing cars in MAlaysia

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kzm (Member) on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm
Why don’t u compare with Thailand or Indonesia instead? They oso CKD CRV. Thai has higher parts localization.. Thai oso has lower excise tax. check thai price..

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YB Kunta Kinte on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm
I compare with Western country cause Gomen already confirmed that we are on track to be FIRST World by 2020, that is 3 years time.

Gomen already confirmed that we are also on track that by 2020, we become high income nation with GDP per capita of USD$48,000. That means, Malaysians would have an income of USD4000 (RM18,000) per month in 3 years time.

Naturally, if we are going to be FIRST world in 3 years time, we should also have First world car pricing also and follow Mat Salleh pricing of cars.

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hahaha on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm
RM18000 per month … soon yb soon ….. soon RM on par with YMB or yen or thai baht or indo rupee

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maslan on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm
Gomen confirmed we become high income nation. Jangan persoal..

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm
GDP dun mean its ur income if u lazy bum.

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm
Okaayyy. If u so insist wanna compare FIRST World Country, then whats the price in southoverlord land then? WITH COE.

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Maserati on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm
Last checked, CBU price still.

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm
Once CKD in tomyam, it will come from tomyam.

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Goment forgot to add in the USD currency may be is USD 1 = Rm 50 upon 2020 also.. come on, who will listen to Goment nowadays.. i just follow one thing they said, the public holidays.. 😀

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Dacing on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm
Thai has higher parts localization? Proof?? #sembangkencang

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karam singh on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Kzm maa. Like that one. Talk kok only. Honda still the best. They can even make a 10 seater CRV if they want.

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm
For MY assembly, the tyres and battery cud have come from tomyam. So in tomyam, these r considered local parts, no?

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Sehn on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm
Validate yr “cud have come from”.

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John Fake News Poster on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm
don’t bother with fake news poster

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm
Mich, Bridge, Yoko, GY r tomyam made. Only Conti made in MY.
GP, Furu, FB oso made in tomyam. They used to use MY made Yoko Bat but that closed down alredi.

Does that answer ur Q?

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John Multiple Dupes on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:35 am
Admin pls ban Mr Duplicate

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kzm (Member) on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm
Isn’t it obvious? remember when Thai having worst flood ever.. Pegoh plant oso shut down. Why do you think they shut down? now remember?

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NIZZAN on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:28 pm
Mudah lupa…oh waii

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm
Bro. That happen in 2015. Caveman only came out from gua in 2016. His water dripping news still from circa 2005. Gip him time to catch up to todays news in, oh, 12 years later.

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Dr Saiful on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:28 pm
How to trust your facts?

1) you say Malaysia has cheapest car prices

2) you say our petrol cheapest in the world

3) you say people earn RM8143 in Malaysia

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Abdul Latiff on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm
A person who lies is a caveman. Lies such as cheapest petrol in the world.

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Roda Impian on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:17 am
Saya Putar , Halim

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kzm (Member) on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:57 am
i never say car or petrol price is the cheapest. Not even once

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Asrul on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm
Honda sensing maa…. Even Tiguan also don’t have

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Atifjeelan on Jul 14, 2017 at 7:17 am
hyundai ioniq got one.

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm
bro… your comment is like, when you admiring A bungalow with swimming pool in the garden, then you lie to yourself ” My Condo also have swimming pool”. thats make you comfortable.

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timothylee on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm
Bro, all of us still suffering with ridiculous Malaysian Gov car taxes. LOL. Honda in USA, Japan and Europe regions is an ordinary vehicle car brand only.
However, here in bolehland, the big A$$ H logo cars are always perceived as Premium or Luxury vehicles although made in Melaka assembly plant.
Honda in Malaysia is a High resale value brand no matter how ugly or outdated their engines or parts fitted onto their vehicles. Better buy or try out other brands with better value for money. Dont just limit to Big H only. Hahaha. Cheers and no offence.

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Mo on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm
What other brands with better value for money? Can u suggest the brands?

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm
Xtrail if want SUV, Exora if want MPV, BRV if want crossover, Alza if dun want rear axle.

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alex chan on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm
nice one john..hahaha

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heybadigol (Member) on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm
Is it possible to get the AWD model with the sensing package/suite as on option? It will probably cost close to RM190k though. And is probably the reason Honda did not offer it standard. But should at least give the sensing suite as option for the AWD model, for those who are willing to pay.

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OMAIKOK on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm
its nice, i believe subaru and nissan will be facing hardtime in their sales figure next month….

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Steve on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm
Where’s the gunmetal metallic color? Arrghh

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TRK on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm
So no Honda Sensing on 1.5L Turbo 4wd?

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irwan on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm
I guess no one want to pay RM174k for 1.5 Turbo 4WD Honda Sensing.

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DK on Jul 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm
I would pay max RM172k for that though.

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YB Kunta Kinte on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm
Where is gomen promise to reduce car prices by 30%? Already Malaysians are paying the highest car prices in the world.

Gomen should honour their promise to the rakyat to reduce car prices and not increase car prices. It is difficult for the rakyat with increasing petrol prices to survive.

But will gomen listen to the pleas of the rakyat? Cause they own DRB so, if DRB makes more money, gomen is happier.

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Nancy Liu on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm
see this same fake copy paste post every time. Find a life Mr

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:18 pm
Wait a darn minute. When reduced prices, u pulak hentam no RV. So mana mau ni?
Which world u came from that has bog standard cars RV higher than purchase price?

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Meh on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm
But, what if i want 4wd premium? Cannot meh?

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asdfghjkl on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm
The ugly wood trim is such a pain to the eyes……

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Uncle Ben (Peter Parker’s Uncle) on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm
For my question, “the price”. The bigger engine, the price is high” and “the smaller engine, the price is low”. But in malaysia, bigger engine but low price, smaller engine become high price lol haha. My question is about opinion and dont involve my question with “Insurans”. Peace.

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ChocSaltyBola on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm
Fikiran Kolot bro!

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CaveStories on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm
It’s smaller displacement with turbocharging. Output is higher compared to larger displacement engine (when boost is at peak). Cave exit… stage left.

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Edwin Ang on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm
Finally it is here

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Jimmy on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm
Black as usual, as in USA.
No tyre pressure monitoring, just like Toyota.
Suboptimal rear design, typical of CRV.
? Milo tin, awaiting independent test drive report.

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Prospect Buyer on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm
It is very sad that AWD is not include “Honda Sensing”. Possible to add?

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WRK on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm
Dear Honda Malaysia,
Please STOP the utter BS lie on the survey thing.
It doesn’t make sense at all.

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Kah-con on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm
What’s with the fake wood trim panels? Back to the old kah motor days? So farking Ugly!

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Wtt on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Their survey indicated Malaysians wanted the retro fake wood look from the 90’s. LoL

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Aunty anne on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm
Build quality is too poor for Rm140k if you examine closely. 5 seater again and CVT. Bad decision.

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john is otak batu on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm
U can see that those willing RM$140k is like rubbish
to HM… All rakyat pls boycott buying cars for 6 months, U will see car dealer begging rakyat with big discounts for sure.

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john on Jul 13, 2017 at 12:47 am
Then? What u expect rakyat to do? Go instead for ur worse than crap Avanza & Fortuner?

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timothylee on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:18 pm
Switch to Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-trail like other Malaysians. No more poorly Made in Melaka crappy quality dashboard and interior parts issues.
Mazda and Nissan have excellent design and sportier vehicles compared to ugly Hondas with Big H everywhere. Stupid brand! Hahahaha. Got more cash inside bank, buy Mercedes or Audi SUVs la. Case closed.

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HondaMalaysiaCEO on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm
Design Damn ugly is one thing. Malaysians dont seem to care about design and outdated, useless Malaysian Hondas which are not fully equipped compared to Japanese JDM H vehicles, New Zealand H vehicles, Thailand H vehicles and even Australian H vehicles. These countries have Civic Type R and Jazz RS Mugen full spec models available. Malaysia still dont even have a simple Civic FC RS like in Thailand or Jazz RS with DOHC Earth Dreams engine but outdated stone age caveman SOHC piece of garbage outdated engine. LMAO.
Here, Malaysians are completely blinded by Honda’s branding and marketing plans.
In the other countries stated above, nobody gives a huge FK about Honda cuz its just a car and not a luxury status symbol like here in Malaysia.

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therevs on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:30 am
Just several examples of 2 models of other Honda international markets:
Jazz RS Mugen Sport Limited: H New Zealand
Fit RS: H JDM Japan, Singapore
Jazz RS Full spec complete with latest DOHC Engine and LED headlights etc: Honda Thailand,Indonesia, Japan, Singapore.
Jazz with Honda Lanewatch: Honda USA, Canada.
Civic FK8 Type R: Honda USA, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand.
Honda Malaysia: Sad and outdated shitbox Jazz Vspec empty car and no official Fk2 and Fk8 Type R models for sale. A huge WTF? LMAO!
The truth hurts indeed Honda Malaysia:(
Extremely Silly and childish management team with poor automotive mindset.

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Honda Netherlands on Jul 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm
A huge F**K you to Honda Malaysia. Honda Netherlands and Macedonia have brand new TYpe R Civic FK8 units for sale to customers.
The management in Honda Malaysia and go one corner and masturbate better. Pantat punya Honda organization.

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Jj on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm
TC nissan just called,they want the x-trail olive green colour back.

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lh on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm
Throw in all the fancy features, yet still stingy to give four auto windows.

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Knightrider on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm
Expensive….eev where2

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gc on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm
abang honda

why la honda sensing not inside 2L natural aspirated engine ?
i cannot afford the top premium range

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xXx on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm
By 10th gen, the shape becomes balloon.

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DPCraft on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm
4th gen CR-V already looks balloon…
New CX-5 now balloon shape. But looks nice thou

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Rear Lights Bonker on Jul 12, 2017 at 10:48 pm
The new crv rear lights….real ugly design.

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Ruslan Bahari on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm
Takpalah, I tunggu Boyue. Kalau RM100,000 pun berbaloi…

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awg1031 on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm
CRV RM100,000 RV. Boyue RM30,000 RV pun berbaloi sangat…

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Semi-Value (Member) on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm
still think it would be good to wait for cx5

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No AWD on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm
Wonder why full spec or top spec model is not 4WD or AWD

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Proton boyue on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm
Expensive like hell, i’m looking forward for proton boyue which is only below 100k

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NormalGuy on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm
PT, what about warranty? Standard 5 years manufacturer warranty / 150,000km for this?

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Jonathan Lee (Member) on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm
It’s a five-year, unlimited-mileage manufacturer warranty.

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passion on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm
nice car but expensive.

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ThumbThumbKinte on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm
At this price range, buyers got many other choices

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hisham on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm
mazda much more cheaper…price..

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Lucky Gong on Jul 14, 2017 at 3:42 am
Wait n see

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm
agree with you, but been checking around to get something comparable, Tiguan (VW defect issue), Xtrail (Like it, but lack of new tech like CRV), CX5 (small cabin), Kia sorento (NO -NO)… hard to compete with this CRV.

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HondaDeJunk on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Faux Wood Trim = (Last Generation Camry)… Yarks

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MTA on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm
Honda sensing only worth about rm6100 and why dont HM make it optional and also the seven seats option..waiii

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hisham on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm
we want 7 seater car for optional….have to choose nissan

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hisham on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm
x trail have 7 years/ unlimited milage warantty…nissan win on this
Price…x trail lagi murah…
X trail..7 seater…
so..have to go for x trail….bye bye honda..

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thepolygonal on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm
Problem is XTrail no turbo… but if the XTrail Hybrid (the one they have in Thailand) make it here, then I think CRV will suffer…

Trending… Hybrid > Turbo > NA

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hisham on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm
turbo for profomnce..yes…
but dont no yet on reability…

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Honda Malaysia on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm
Xtrail NA..less torque more fuel more expensive roadtax..no Nissan Sensing

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JZ on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm
not necessarily more fuel consumption vs NA. keep it under boost for the same time with 2.0 NA engines and it’ll consume more. plus if you kept it out of boost then you wont benefit the torque from turbo. Thats why high compression with direct injection NA in newer mazda is the way to go.

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blizzard on Jul 14, 2017 at 8:39 am
Obviously you dun drive one. Even without the turbo starts, the torque is nearly there. No need to push pedal hard if you dun need it.

Go and find the performance chart and you will know.

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Faiz on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Only 2 airbags too

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ChocSaltyBola on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm
Read the fine print dude….
5years cover everything. Next 2 years – cover only engine & transmission (terms and condition apply sumore).

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idealtech on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm
Ugly for current trend. As much as i hate the VW, Tiguan is the way to go.

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HaloJ on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm
is there a typo error?
“1,830 cm of flat cargo space is available.”

1830 cm?

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Anthony Lim (Member) on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm
LOL, thanks for the spot. It can’t be 18.3 metres long! Slide listed it incorrectly, should be in mm rather than cm. Corrected, and thanks again.

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Anthony Lim (Member) on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm
Sorry sorry, I am just feeling boring. So, makes joke around.

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Anthony Lim on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm
Kinda boring…..

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thepolygonal on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:20 pm
Can’t wait to see this one by one replacing the older models on the roads. The analog dash display is coming to an end. Few more years then it’s probably all gone. Gonna miss those dials…

Good car. CRV has always been a popular choice and now with this turbo offering, it’s going to be a tough fight for the rest. At 1.5 Turbo, you have better performance, uses less fuel and pay less for road tax. Of course it’s more expensive to begin with.

Wonder when certain brand will start to offer their real turbo variants.

Gotta keep up with the trend. It’s a selling point…

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hisham on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm
so why need to get crv insted of hrv…both them have 5 seater..and hrv much more sporty look…at cheaper price…

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TSI on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm
yup… driving 1 HRV now and i think it is more than enough.. the only complain is the rear suspension which the HRV using torsion beam as oppose to CRV multilink

other than that, it is still a 5-seater with plenty of room..

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BMW on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:33 am
One is B segment one is C segment. is totally diff in material used,specs,space,driving comfort etc. You can say the same. why need a civic when u have city with 5 seater & spacious with much cheaper price? or why you need BMW X6 when you can get X1 at much cheaper price?

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Jogho on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:32 pm
Buy used X1 with Diesel…worth every penny!

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Morbid Angel on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Get a Kia Sorento 2.2 Turbo Diesel. CRV 1.5 turbo cannot beat this beast in terms of performance.

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Zoom Zoom on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm
Sorento 0-100kmh 9.2secs and CRV Turbo 8.8secs. Don’t just look at the engine output. Sorento weight damn heavy about 2tons while CRV only 1.5 tons.

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bmpower on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm
BRV only 1.2 tons.

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Tom on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm
To be fair though, tht sorento diesel has massive amount of torque. It definitely pulls like crazy from a standstill. You need to test drive to believe. Might be even faster than advertised 9.2 sec.

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Diss-illusions on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:16 pm
Stop looking at the stats.. can you feel 0.4s difference? It’s called power-to-weight or in this case, torque-to-weight ratio.

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Manxzz on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:40 pm
0-100 is only applicable when full throttle. Not forget the extra 200nm is gonna pull down a tree. Too bad honda favours horsepower way more than torque. Peaky drive Only good for drag race but not for daily driving

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm
fugly lah hello~

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Honky Weng Lun on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm
Don’t talk cock as if like u buy ,no $$$ go either bombed ATM to or go for Kancil.What for talk this n that n don’t compared to other countries coz Malaysia Boleh.For Honkys no problem to buy if like.This is what I called quiet Gentleman.

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Marcus on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm
meanwhile, UMW Toyota still sleeping… hehehe…

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john on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm
No. They sent their redundant salesmen here to talk bollocks and badmouth other brands.

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12yrsold on Jul 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm
U are doing doing an “excellent” job john.

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john on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm
face→mirror

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VW Tiguan on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm
I’m VW owners, and i would get this CRV anytime over VW. And you know the reason why in Malaysia….

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Honda Malaysia on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm
VW DCT problem…

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Peter North on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm
So the cost of adding honda sensing is about 12,000 ringgit (difference between 2wd hs turbo and 2wd turbo). So a 4wd honda sensing would cost anove 170k. I guess honda malaysia has a policy of keeping the price sub 170k.

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Prospect Buyer on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:16 pm
If somebody can afford…. why not?

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Ad on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm
Where is AWD premium ? Honda Malaysia … I’m looking for that.

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chewke on Jul 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm
AWD Premium and 7-seaters, facelift version sure got. Don’t worry..

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hahaha on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:22 pm
aunty go pasar will love this

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Nono on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Thank you Honda. But I’m gonna pass on this and go for C-HR, if you don’t mind.

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Sense on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm
But CH-R 1.2T 0-100 is slow takes almost 12seconds

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Nono on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:08 pm
Sadly this car is not a looker. And costly in its category. If I were to go for performance, I’d pick X4 RX NX so on. So since I’m looking for a suv only, I’d go for CHR, never mind the performance.

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Jogho on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm
CH-R = HR-V in terms of body size

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kiasu on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm
Very nice and very good car meh, also very cheap, what more you want?

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Ben Yap on Jul 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm
what’s the 0-100? can beat the civic?

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Honda Malaysia on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm
waiting aftermaket ACC part to bolt on into my civic FC

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embee on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm
Honda your latest design cues are all ripped off from volvo’s 90s series…please don’t be lame. your wood inlays are hideous…you kept your interior looks so secured like nuclear launch codes only to be a complete dismal!

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Jack on Jul 12, 2017 at 10:33 pm
I dont understand what the fuss is about the lack of a 7-seater option. The new gen CRV is designed for 5 seats, period. The extra row for +2 is useless and adds unnecessary weight and takes up storage volume. If you want 7-seats, feel free to shop for other brands or buy an MPV ! Stop bitching about the new CR-V being offered only with 5 seats.

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Jj on Jul 13, 2017 at 7:13 am
Wut…??! crv only come with 5 seaters….omaigad

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transformer on Jul 12, 2017 at 10:47 pm
as you can see Honda is testing malaysian’s market response with this launch(yes, this launch is actually is Honda’s survey)

coming face-lift will address 2 main issue: +2 seater and no more 80’s woodgrain interior, it will be faux aluminium(like Civic) and faux carbon(for premium & Type R)

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zhiyuan on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm
what happen to the new press park buttons? why is there a gear shift there?

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jangankecamsaya on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm
Why is Honda making uglier cars day by day.

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Ziqbal on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:07 pm
No panoramic or even sunroof?

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Stranger on Jul 13, 2017 at 8:11 am
Whats with the ugly expensive optional accessories? Even more expensive than Toyota. How come?

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Pipu on Jul 13, 2017 at 8:16 am
if those fancy sensors, adaptive cruise & low speed follow broken, must cost a fortune to repair.

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Tehcb on Jul 13, 2017 at 8:51 am
Disappointing, don’t have 7 seater !!! Xtrail win here !

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Www on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:18 am
Top spec without AWD ?? Honda Malaysia got mental retarded or what ?

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Faiz on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm
I guees this is honda sensing fault. For the 1st time they introduced. Even thailand high spec diesel 4wd variant not get sensing system. Expected when the facelift version HM will be put 4wd in the honda sensing variant & 7 seats too..

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jjj on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm
cr-v drivers arent even bothered w AWD. they just want a big vehicle to make them feel safe OTR against other cars. whats AWD for anyway for an SUV? better go for 4wd capabilities on pickups or other capable SUVs. ive never seen an cr-v owner takes it off-road.

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abc on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:24 am
Why need to choose 5 seater CRV where you have many options like HRV/CX5/Kia sportage/Tucson/WW tiguan/Subaru/Nissan xtrail/ 7 seater sorento and carnival.

I think this 5 seater CRV will fail miserably as compared to 7 seaters BRV.

A bigger car but provide 5 seater. what a stupid decision made.

There are many people dislike BRV because interior is a bit cramp and hope for bigger 7 seaters CRV. but honda ‘s decision kill his own product.

I predicted they will bring in the 7 seaters after 6 months from now when poor respond for this 5 seater CRV. haha

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Leafable on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:30 am
Ugly design. Just shouting out cheapness on every panels and parts. And its not as solid as CX5 and Tiguan.

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Faiz on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm
Adoi if their survey that only customer prefer 5 seats, at least HM offered the optional 7 seats package for turbo variants.

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Faiz on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm
I will wait for the Diesel variant with 9 speed transmission, 7 seater, honda sensing suite, panoramic roof, ventilatted seats and 4wd! It’s okay if the price same like sorento high spec diesel, but at least honda has better RV!

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Seth on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm
Actually, now tht ppl bring up abt the no. of seats, why isnt this region not getting any of those fullsize SUVs with more seats and usable space? Chevy has a few in their lineup so why dont bring some to this part of the world (maybe not straight frm the US but perhaps manuf at their Thai factory?) is it simply because nil/low demand?

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Jogho on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm
Maybe a lot of talk only, but no genuine plan to buy… no offence

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BuyAWagonLahIfYouWantSpace on Jul 14, 2017 at 3:11 am
Lol i, for one, will not buy an SUV, fullsize or compact. It’s pretentious and useless IMO but apart frm that, all SUVs hv a propensity to roll over due to the higher CoG. Hence how that MyVi could tip over a pajero. Simple physics at work. If i really need that 4wd functionality to go off-roading at my kampung’s jalan balak, i’d get a pickup.

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JomMakanDurian on Jul 13, 2017 at 11:54 pm
Good job honda…but dun forget the cx5 that around the corner….im about to buy the sportage gt…but seem like the price nothing to compare what honda offer….kia must put price for big offer la like this to clear stok bfor the cx5 coming..if not cannot sell la..personally, i love the sportage exterior design…but this honda interior osemmm….cant wait to see the cx5…mazda always do better job for the interior..

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Shady on Jul 14, 2017 at 12:01 am
I live in Thailand and saw a few of these on road already. It’s a looks good on road especially at night with the led lights which xtrail and cx5 still with projector and even halogen reflector. Crv here doesn’t come with Honda sense even for TOP model. Honda even omitted vtec turbo and went with 2.4NA and 1.6 turbo diesel with 160ps/350Nm. Price start from 1.35 mil up to 1.6 mil baht which is even more expensive. Considering average income and gasoline price here, I don’t think it’s expensive for the equipment provided. Even 130k xtrail comes with only halogen reflector and two airbags. SUV this size are not designed for 7seats. People buy because it’s Confortable Roundabout Vehicle for comfort, not cramming 7 people. Of course people in this region only think of cramming as much people possible in a cheap car so we see many unhappy people complaining for 7 seats.

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VW TIGUAN on Jul 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm
Booked VW Tiguan at April 2017 and waited almost three months now. At the end told me the forecast delivery date on December 2017.
Asked for drop out order, but the car no yet arrive also, fastest arrival on October (cancelled order who booked at March, before launch).
No choice but to cancel my order and purchase Honda CRV, which is ready stock.
Tiguan is slightly better in term of dynamic (handling is best in class and german engineering), good product but poor product planning, marketing and after sale service.
I believe many people who booked the Tiguan will change to CRV now, good job VPCM, you guys have a good start but end up boost your competitors sale.

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adie on Jul 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm
Same here, had drop out order for tiguan since they poor planning has affected all becoming new VW owner. Their promises to deliver the car within 3months is just rubbish… tested both of the car (tiguan & new crv).. however if looking at the handling/comfort, i would go for tiguan, but overall package, CRV still the best choice i.e. long term durability, after sales service, safety features, car features etc… booked crv and currently awaiting the car to be delivered to me.after all, the overall package that matters. period.

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mackl on Jul 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm
Just went for test drive.
The drive is better than previous generation as it is more solid, smoother and stable over bump.
1.5T is more powerful. Sound proof is better except that when it is pressed hard to accelerate, there can be some noise from CVT transmission. However, x-Trail CVT is more annoying with more noise. Anyway, CVT transmission is meant for smooth light driving.
However, i am amazed that even for top spec TCP, there is no Garmin GPS!!!!! Honda has taken this out for this generation as it was found in top spec of the previous generation.

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ayoyo on Aug 15, 2017 at 5:14 pm
after so many years of following CRV, this gen really move me, high tech, cabin is spacious, nice dashboard, LED headlight is really nice.. thinking to get one. the back light is somehow like missing something.. ;D a bit ugly…. and the price is steep

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Jason L on Sep 02, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Can customer customize to change the brown accent trim to the silver accent trim in the top spec model? I find that brown trim doesn’t look compatible with the interior.

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francis on Sep 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm
RM20-30 sticker wrap at your own preference finish and color will do the trick.

@Paul/Anthony, we all know the 4WD is essential for off-road terrain, improved confidence when doing cornering and high speed during the rain but all these are just general knowledge about 4WD/AWD. Can you do a comparison video how does 4WD of this CRV actually works in real life? Going up sandy or grassy slope, test on rollers how the power send to any individual wheels or real muddy terrain. Thanks.

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HAIYA on Nov 06, 2017 at 9:30 pm
I went to 4 honda showrooms in klang valley and they only hv crv 1.5 turbo for test driving. All of them said that no crv 2.0cvt for test driving in any honda showrooms in klang valley.
Is this true…??..so how am i going to buy a crv 2.0 without testing one?

Honda Malaysia has introduced a new colour option – White Orchid Pearl – for the BR-V, HR-V as well as petrol variants of the Jazz and City. The colour replaces Taffeta White for the mentioned models, and is already being offered for the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Jazz Hybrid and City Hybrid.

According to the company, the decision to introduce White Orchid Pearl for more Honda models is based on previous customer reception. About 38% of Civic and 33% of Accord customers opted for the premium colour, including 26% of CR-V buyers.

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With this move, nearly the entire model line-up offered by Honda Malaysia can now be ordered in White Orchid Pearl. However, keep in mind that there is a surcharge if you want the premium colour – RM120 for the non-hybrid Jazz and City; RM300 for the BR-V and HR-V.

The company also noted the waiting period for these four models currently stands at between one to two months, and the new colour will be available for the BR-V and HR-V from the third week of February 2018.

For those who are not in the know, the Honda Jazz, City, BR-V and HR-V will no longer be available in Taffeta White. Instead, they will be offered with the more premium Orchid White Pearl shade – the pearlescent paint was previously offered for the more expensive Civic FC, Accord and CR-V models.

According to Honda Malaysia, the decision to introduce White Orchid Pearl for more Honda models is based on previous customer reception. About 38% of Civic and 33% of Accord customers opted for the premium colour, as well as 26% of CR-V buyers.

With this move, nearly the entire model line-up offered by Honda Malaysia can now be ordered in White Orchid Pearl. The new colour has a pearl effect with a slightly yellow-ish tint compared to more solid-looking Tafetta White. However, keep in mind that there is a surcharge if you want the premium colour.

For the non-hybrid Jazz and City (their respective hybrid counterparts both get the pearl paint since they were launched), it costs an additional RM120, but the bigger-bodied BR-V and HR-V (including the Mugen) costs an additional RM300.

Again, the White Orchid Pearl will completely replace the older Taffeta White paint, so if you insist on getting a brand new Honda car in white, this is your only option, albeit at a slight premium. So, what do you think of this move, guys? Share with us your thoughts below.

GALLERY: 2018 Honda Jazz 1.5 V

Overview

The Honda BR-V is the brand’s first ever full size seven-seater crossover to be launched for the Malaysia market. BR-V stands for Bold Runabout-Vehicle and Honda offers the choice of two variants – the Type E and Type V priced at RM83,210 and RM90,010 rescpectively, OTR without insurance.

The BR-V utilizes a heavily reworked platform that is shared with the Thai/Indonesian market specific Honda Brio hatch and Amaze sedan. Under the hood, is the tried and tested 1.5-litre i-VTEC powerplant, that is also shared with the Honda Jazz and City models.Power is rated at 120 PS and 145 Nm, distributed to the front wheels via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Compared to the Toyota and Nissan competitors, this is also the highest performance output.

Standard features include large 16-inch tyres, dedicated rear air conditioner, a 201 millimeter ground clearance, roof rails, vehicle stability control with hill start assist, and two front airbags. ASEAN NCAP also awarded the BR-V with 5-star rating.

The second row offers ‘one-touch’ tilt and and tumble for easy access to the third row. The third row also offers decent head room with the tall height of the BR-V

The additional RM6,800 payment to upgrade from E to V type gets many noticeable features, such as smart entry with start stop button, combination leather seat covering, automatic control for the front air conditioner, and a 6.1-inch display audio that includes a rear view camera.

The Honda BR-V offers a safe, economic and versatile vehicle for the growing families in Malaysia.

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Honda Malaysia today announced that the BR-V has exceeded its annual sales target of 10,000 units within only six months of its launch, recording a total of close to 11,000 units.

Based on company records, the range-topping V variant leads the number of sales at 80% with the remaining 20% sales made up by the entry-level the E Variant.

In terms of colour preference, Taffeta White and Modern Steel Metallic appears to be the favourite among the customers, recording 27% and 25% sales respectively whereas the Dark Ruby Red Pearl, Golden Brown Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic shared similar sales percentage at 16% to 17%.

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Regionally, Klang Valley contributed the highest sales figures at 44%, followed by the Southern region with 20% and the Northern region with 18%.

In terms of owners’ demographics, Honda Malaysia says that most BR-V owners are those who upgrade from National cars, and also those with growing families who are looking for an affordable seven-seater. It is said that the BR-V was also the choice of about 14% of first time car buyers.

The crossover has also been well accepted in Sabah and Sarawak where it contributed 34% to the overall sales in East Malaysia.

Despite the high demand, Honda Malaysia reassured that the expected delivery period for the BR-V remains at 1 to 2 months, and that it is taking all necessary steps to ensure fast and efficient delivery to customers without compromising on vehicle quality control. The Company appreciates the patience and understanding of all Honda customers.

Honda Malaysia said it is working closely with all 91 dealers nationwide to constantly improve and upgrade the dealership services in order to enhance customer experience and prolonged care for all Honda vehicles.

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Review: 2017 Honda BR-V – The all-new 7-Up

So you have a baby on the way and everyone’s congratulating you. You need to replace your Myvi with a bigger car that has enough space for a child seat and still be able to sit your in-laws or your other kids.

The larger, almost minibus-like Nissan Serena would be ideal but you don’t have RM133k to spend, because diapers and daycare fees will tear you a new hole.

The latest entrant in the sub-RM100k seven-seater market is this all-new Honda BR-V. Considering that the BR-V has broken past its five-month sales target within just three weeks, clearly the BR-V that resonates very well with middle-class Malaysia. In fact, internal data from Honda Malaysia suggests that the BR-V had outsold the Perodua Alza in February!

Specifications for 2017 Honda BR-V 1.5L V

Engine: 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC, 16-valve, transverse
Transmission: Automatic (Continously Variable Transmission), front-wheel drive
Power: 120 PS at 6,600 rpm
Torque: 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm
Safety: Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, VSA, HAS, ISOFIX (2x, second-row seats)
Price: RM92,800 (on the road with insurance)
Origin: Locally assembled in Pegoh, Melaka

Overview

The Honda BR-V is a budget friendly seven-seater primarily aimed at those who are upgrading from a Perodua Alza/Myvi-class of vehicles. For many, the BR-V is their first seven-seater vehicle.

The model tested here is the highest specifications V-grade model. There’s also a cheaper E-grade model but what’s important is that both models are equipped with the same level of safety features. The RM7,000 cheaper E-grade model loses minor exterior garnishes, front fog lights, electric tailgate release (but has a mechanical latch), leather upholstery, Smart Entry and engine push start button, steering wheel control-mounted control buttons, automatic air-conditioning, and touchscreen infotainment system with reverse camera.

Within the segment, there are many alternatives to the BR-V but only a handful of them are worth your consideration – namely the Perodua Alza, Proton Exora, and Toyota Sienta.

The cheapest among them is the 1.5-litre Perodua Alza (cheapest automatic variant from RM55,000). However the Alza is more of a 5+2 seater rather than a proper seven-seater. It’s also showing its age, having been on the market almost unchanged since 2009. It is however the most economical to buy and to run.

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The 1.6-litre turbocharged Proton Exora (from RM67,220) is equally old. It might boast of more power (138 hp and 205 Nm) but it’s also very heavy and lacks direct injection that many modern turbocharged engines have, and as such, it’s very thirsty on fuel. It however comes decently equipped – with electronic stability control, lots of space, individual air-conditioning vents in the rear and a spacious third row.
There’s also the 1.4-litre Proton Ertiga (cheapest automatic model at RM61,880), but it’s only a six-seater and as far as space and practicality of the third row seats are concerned it is best that you look elsewhere. Access to the third row is difficult as the second-row seats can only be titled forward but it doesn’t fold or tumble.

The 1.6-litre Nissan Grand Livina (cheapest automatic from RM91,100) is living well past its prime and isn’t worth your time. The second generation Toyota Avanza (cheapest automatic from RM78,200) have improved much in terms of refinement but the RM92,900 Toyota Sienta, with its very practical sliding doors is a better buy.

Exterior

Let’s be honest here. Nothing in this segment looks good. This is a place where all your youthful aspirations and childhood ambitions wither away. That coupe/roadster that you always wanted will have to wait. For the next two decades or so, you will exist solely for your children.

Rational, adult-type considerations are the main purchase drivers, because sleep deprived parents of toddlers/screaming kids have no time and money to think about aesthetics.

This is a segment where you choose least bad looking choice, rather than the best looking choice.

Having said that, BR-V isn’t too bad looking. For one, it fits in our local landscape better than the Sienta, which looks really awesome in Japanese surroundings but stands out very oddly here.

The BR-V also has a hint of SUV-like styling. By the way the roof rails are not for show. It can take up to 30 kg of load.

The BR-V also rides surprisingly high – 200 mm from the ground. That’s 30 mm more than either the CR-V (which comes 4WD option) or the HR-V. While the BR-V only has front-wheel drive, its taller ride height means that it is quite capable of dealing with flash floods and potholes that JKR/DBKL forgot to fix.

If you must know, yes it is quite capable of climbing up kerbs, but please don’t do that.

All these are reasons why Honda describes the BR-V as an SUV-like crossover rather than an MPV.

The full-size spare wheel is stored under the car and for many, this is a new experience so do read the owner’s manual on how to remove it.

Interior

As mentioned in our launch story, the front-quarter of the BR-V is borrowed from the City/Jazz, sharing the same engine bay and bulkhead. The dashboard and instrument panel looks almost identical to the B-segment City/Jazz, but misses out on the soft padding material used on highest V-grade City.

All seven seats are adult-size seats, capable of sitting full-size individuals. Of course, like all seven-seaters in this class, once both third row seats are up there isn’t a lot cargo room left – just 233 litres to be exact, still big enough for a medium size stroller though.

Unlike the Sienta, the BR-V’s third row seats don’t ‘dive in’ and hide under the floor. It merely split folds and tumbles forward but it’s enough to expand cargo capacity to 539 litres. There’s also none of the Magic/Ultra seats that the Honda City/Jazz has. This is because unlike the centre fuel tank City/Jazz, the BR-V’s fuel tank is installed in a more conventional rear position, allowing the third row seats to be placed higher than the second row, thus improving outward visibility, giving occupants in the third row a very ‘airy’ feeling.

The second-row seats slide fore/aft by up to 90 mm to create more legroom for occupants in either the second or third row. The middle occupant in the second row seat is belted via a roof-mounted seatbelt.

Rear occupants are kept cool by a roof-mounted air-conditioning blower, which comes with its own evaporator unit for optimal cooling performance. It’s powerful enough to cool occupants in the third row but be warned that when set at max fan speed, the noise can be quite loud for the driver in front.

Our major gripe with the BR-V’s interior, at least as far as this V-grade model is concerned, is volume control ‘soft key’ on infotainment system’s touchscreen. There is no physical volume control, which is fine, but the problem with the BR-V is that you have to go back to the home screen every time you want to adjust the volume.

The area above the rear view mirror, between the sun visors, also lacks blackout coating so in certain driving conditions, there is no way for you to block out the sun’s glare.

Driving Experience

When the BR-V was launched, many were doubtful if the BR-V is able to drive up Genting Highlands with a full load, but curiously the same group of people never doubted the Toyota Avanza (9.1 PS/ton), Toyota Sienta (7.9 PS/ton), Perodua Alza (9 PS/ton), or even Proton Exora (9.4 PS/ton) – all of which outputs less power (PS) per ton than the BR-V’s 9.7 PS/ton, so it’s difficult to understand why was the BR-V’s power output is a concern in the first place.

The BR-V’s 120 PS only had to move 1,240 kg. That’s 240 kg less than the Exora and 110 kg less than the Sienta. Rest assured that compared to its peers, pace is not a concern for the BR-V.

Don’t for a moment think that the BR-V’s lightweight comes at the expense of strength, as this is not one of those a developing-market, de-contented ASEAN-only car. As reported earlier, the BR-V meets all the necessary safety regulations in Europe and the only reason it’s not sold there is because there is no demand for such cars in those regions.

So it’s powerful enough for what it is but don’t expect it to match the pace of say an all-wheel drive Audi Q7 on full bore climbing uphill so stick to the left lane.

With the CVT in S mode we made very quick progress along the uphill stretches of Gua Tempurung and Menora Tunnel in our drive up north. Its acceleration won’t pin you to your seat but it’s certainly better than what we had expected from a vehicle in this category.

Like all other CVT-equipped Honda models, the BR-V’s transmission was responsive enough and there was none of the droning noise at high speeds although owners who are new to CVTs might find the step-less nature of the shifts odd, or even slow, but a quick look at the speedometer will assure you the pace the car is actually building. Being a CVT, it doesn’t have the usual D3 or D2 engine braking modes for steep downhill driving, so remember to shift into L to avoid overcooking your brakes when coasting downhill.

In city, the BR-V does not fear tight streets. Turning circle is a tight 5.6 metres, which isn’t too far off from the much smaller Jazz’s 5.1 metres.

We also had the chance to briefly sample the Toyota Sienta, Avanza and Nissan Grand Livina alongside the Honda BR-V. Of course, the selection of competitor models and driving route was chosen by Honda Malaysia and as you would’ve guessed it, none of the competitior models could match the pace and composure of the BR-V.

The Sienta struggled the most because of its weight and was quite a handful when pushed hard, but it is noticeably quieter than the BR-V. The Livina and Avanza were very twitchy around tight and twisty stretches. None could keep up with the BR-V. Once again, questions like “Can the BR-V drive up Genting Highlands with a full load?” is moot.

If you have to know, there is a speed limiter in the BR-V. Power is cut once speed exceeds 160 km/h (actual speed, speedometer might over-read).

In a simulated emergency lane change, the BR-V’s mechanical grip is so good that it didn’t require intervention from the electronic stability control (VSA). Flicking the steering wheel right-left-right at 70 km/h before braking hard, the BR-V’s rear remained planted and avoided the obstacles with so little drama that VSA never had stepped in to rein the car, as shown in the video below.

Comfort

At high speeds, the BR-V is a tad noisier than a Toyota Sienta, not by much, but it’s noticeable. Keep it at no more than 130 km/h, it’s a very relaxed cruiser, with minimal wind and road noise. It’s a pity that the car doesn’t come with a centre arm rest in front.

As for ride comfort, we were very surprised to experience that the BR-V is more comfortable than the City. Odd but true.

We explained our odd finding to Atsushi Arisaka, the Large Project Leader (Honda’s equivalent for executive chief engineer) for the BR-V, who confirmed our butt-feel to be correct. He explained that the BR-V’s suspension is tuned to cope with both Malaysian highways and Indonesia’s rough roads – the latter explains why. The ride is very pliant, with sufficient wheel travel and controlled damping even at higher speeds.

Of course, the BR-V’s wider track and longer wheelbase over the City also allows Arisaka greater flexibility in fine-tuning the car’s ride and handling.

The seats are more or less what you would expect from this category of vehicles – lower thigh support is lacking but back and shoulder support is firm enough.

Yours truly even sat in the third row during the journey from Ipoh to Penang, with sufficient knee and head room, and even provisions for cup holders and cubby holes.

Usually, the third row is the least comfortable, not just because it usually has the thinnest and smallest seats, but also because you are sitting above the suspension, feeling every motion of the car. In the BR-V, the ride is comfortable enough that I have no problem reading random social media nonsense on my phone, while my driving partner from Roda Pusing, Albakry Salehuddin drove.

Of course I didn’t arrived in Penang feeling as if I rode in a 7 Series, but neither did I feel any discomfort throughout the journey.

Fuel consumption

Like most of our group test drives, we had a tight schedule to keep to, and we even took several detours off the highway to drive the car on different types of roads.

After driving over 400 km, not just on highways but also old trunk roads in Tapah and stopping over at Ipoh city, the trip computer showed an average fuel consumption of around 12 km/litre, despite a lot of hard driving.

On the return leg from Penang to Kuala Lumpur via the more direct PLUS highway route, we recorded a very frugal 14.8 km/litre, including time spent in Penang rush hour traffic and us being rather liberal in keeping to the speed limit. That’s a real-world figure that the BR-V’s competitiors will have difficulty matching.

Conclusion

If you are shopping for a seven-seater priced below RM100,000, the choices are very clear, assuming you are clear with your priorities.

If price and running cost are what you care the most, then go for the Perodua Alza.

For practicality, the Sienta’s power sliding doors are particularly useful for parents with toddlers. It makes a whole lot of difference in easing access into the car. But the function comes at a higher price premium, not to mention the weight penalty. It’s also comparatively smaller inside and the exterior design is a bit too anime-like for our local taste.

As an overall package, the BR-V ticks all the right boxes. If you were to chart the BR-V’s attributes on a four quadrant price vs functions/features chart, it’s hard to find another product that meets the needs of middle-class Malaysia any better.

The next question to ask is whether do you really need a seven-seater, or will a cheaper, more fuel efficient Jazz be good enough, because many forget what a big car inside the Ultra Seats-equipped and very space-efficient Jazz (from RM73,800) is inside.

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