2023 Honda CR-V launched in Thailand. Malaysia next
The model will be offered in five variants in Thailand
Nine out of ten times, when a Japanese manufacturer launches a car in Thailand, chances are that it is also slated for Malaysia. In fact, that has been the case with Honda at least over the last decade or so.
Aptly so, Honda Malaysia made an announcement that it will be launching four new models in Malaysia last week, just a few days before it took the wraps off the all-new CR-V, WR-V, as well as the Civic Type R FL5 at the ongoing Bangkok International Motor Show.
Out of the three, the one which will sell the most is probably the all-new fifth-generation CR-V here. Looking all rugged and masculine like an Asian X5, the all-new CR-V is offered in five variants in Thailand, with 2wD, AWD, Petrol, and Hybrid versions being part of the list.
All variants in Thailand are powered by the same 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo engine as the current Civic, which means that we could be getting the same powertrain option here, maybe even the hybrid.
From what we can see, highlights on the exterior include a fresh new design with full LED headlights and taillights with sequential signals, 18-inch wheels, blacked out bits on the RS variant, as well as what looks like Adaptive headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
The interior is almost identical to what we have in the Civic, featuring the honeycomb mesh trim that runs across the dashboard, a 10.2-inch fully digital instrument panel, a 9.0-inch touch-screen central display, paddle shifters, wireless charging, and leather upholstery all around, and Bose premium audio system.
For Malaysia, nothing has been revealed yet but we can expect the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo engine and maybe a hybrid version. The latest version of Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features will surely be a part of the package.
That being said, more details on the all-new fifth-generation Honda CR-V will be announced by Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd very soon, and looking at how handsome it looks, we can expect the level of interest to go off the roof, just like the current HR-V. Like what you see?