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27 Nov 2015
By TIM ROBSON
HONDA Australia has announced the addition of a Limited Edition version of its fourth-generation CR-V mid-sized SUV.
Based on the entry-level Series II VTi all-wheel-drive, Honda has added 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, side steps, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
It also scores a blind-spot monitoring system, which provides the driver with a view of traffic in the blind spot of the passenger side through a camera in the passenger door mirror. This is shown in real-time on the 7.0-inch touchscreen.
The total of the extra equipment adds up to almost $5000. The Limited Edition’s driveaway price of $35,690 equates to a $1700 price lift over the VTi at $32,790 before on-road costs.
“The Honda CR-V pioneered the SUV category in Australia and has continued to be a strong contender in one of the most crowded segments in the market,” said Honda Australia director Stephen Collins.
“After the success we’ve had with the two-wheel-drive Limited Edition, it was an easy decision to add a four-wheel drive Limited Edition to the range.”
The all-wheel-drive version of the CR-V is powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 140kW and 222Nm, and returns a fuel consumption figure of 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
Currently, the CR-V is Honda Australia’s third-best selling vehicle, with the smaller HR-V (9199) and the compact Jazz hatch (8156) leading the charge.
It still plays strongly in the ultra-competitive mid-size SUV space a sector it helped create with its launch in 1995.
While its 2015 running score of 7101 units is 11 per cent softer than the same period in 2014, the CR-V still holds an almost seven per cent share of the sector’s total volume, edging out competitors like Kia’s Sportage (6426) and Jeep’s new Cherokee (5741).
Mazda’s CX-5 is the category’s runaway leader at 21,050 units, a 15.4 per cent increase year-on-year.
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