Honda in Australia has added a new entry-level variant of its seven-seat CR-V SUV, called the VTi E7. The Honda CR-V VTi-E7 reduces the price of the seven-seat CR-V by some $4500 AUD, and is priced at $34,490 AUD (PKR 34.38 lac).
Standard equipment includes keyless entry and start, leather seats (eight-way electric adjustment on the driver seat), dual-zone climate control, a 7.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reversing camera and 18-inch alloy wheels with a full-sized spare. Furthermore, the CR-V’s three rows gets face-level air vents, as well as USB ports in the first and second rows.
However, the new model misses out on autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and other driver aids within the Honda Sensing safety suite found on premium CR-V models. Despite AEB being a prerequisite for a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating from 2018, the seven-seater carries over the five-star rating announced for the current model in October 2017.
Standard safety equipment for the Honda CR-V VTi-E7 include full airbag coverage, fog lights, tire-pressure monitoring, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HAS), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), LED daytime running lights and tail-lights and electric park brake with auto-hold.
Unlike the entry-level CR-V five-seater, which uses a naturally-aspirated engine, the VTi E7 gets 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 187hp and 240Nm, mated to a CVT gearbox sending power to the front wheels. The 2019 Honda CR-V range in Australia is priced as follows:
- Vi – $28,290 (PKR 28.2 lac)*
- VTi – $30,690 (PKR 30.59 lac)*
- VTi-S – $33,290 (PKR 33.19 lac)*
- VTi-E – $34,490 (7-seater) (PKR 34.38 lac)*
- VTi-S – $35,490 (PKR 35.38 lac)*
- VTi-L – $38,990 (7-seater) (PKR 38.87 lac)*
- VTi-LX – $44,290 (PKR 44.15 lac)*
*1 AUD= PKR 99.7
In Pakistan the 7-seat Honda CR-V comes equipped with 2.0 liter engine producing 113hp of power and 189Nm of torque, mated to a CVT transmission. Sold as CBU import, the Honda CR-V is available for PKR 10,700,000 (1 crore 7 lac) only.