Honda dropped covers on three of its cars for 2019 in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. The MY2019 monikers refreshed by Honda include the new CR-V, HR-V and Pilot.
2019 Honda CR-V
Honda’s mid-size SUV has gone under the scalpel to get new powertrain and chassis for the new model year. At the heart of the new CR-V is a 2.4-litre DOHC direct injected i-VTEC engine mated to a CVT transmission. This helps the car output 184hp and 244Nm of torque. Honda claims a fuel efficiency of 15.5kpl for the two base trims and 14.7 kpl for the EX and Touring grades.
The new body and chassis design in the 2019 CR-V gets a front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension that utilizes specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models. This also includes tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote quick turn-in and planted cornering.
On the outside, the new CR-V features distinct LED taillights and 17-inch wheels for base trims and 18-inch for top variants. Other notable standard features include power door mirrors, side mirror LED indicators, rear fog lights, headlight off timer, various chrome garnishes and auto rain-sensing wipers (Touring only).
The base trim is equipped with a 5-inch Colour Screen Audio while the EX trim will have a 7-inch touch screen Display Audio Interface with Android Operating System. This is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms as well.
Safety features on the new CR-V include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Systems (TCS), Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD), Agile Handling Assist, Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS), Brake Over-Ride System and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Rear Parking Sensors are present in LX, EX and Touring grades.
The new CR-V features distinct LED taillights and 17-inch wheels for base trims and 18-inch for top variants.
2019 Honda HR-V
The new HR-V carries a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that churns out 140hp and 172Nm of torque. Honda claims that the new engine maximises fuel efficiency at 16.9kpl. The new CVT comes with paddle shifters on the new HR-V and Honda states this new transmission features revised shift mapping that, under hard acceleration resembles the stepped gear changes of a conventional fixed-gear transmission.
Inside the car is a 6.8-inch Display Audio with Touchscreen for base trims with USB and HDMI ports. A multifunction steering wheel comes with mounted audio and cruise controls as well. The HR-V EX Grade now features automatic climate control where you can adjust the temperature of the cabin.
The chassis incorporates a centrally-mounted fuel tank, which provides a better weight ratio and centralises mass. The 2019 HR-V is provided with plenty of safety features including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, driver and passenger front airbags standard on all grades, side airbags and side curtain airbags on the EX Grade only.
Further features include Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. EX Grade features a multi-angle rear-view camera with wide view feature.
The new HR-V carries a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that churns out 140hp and 172Nm of torque.
The 2019 Pilot was unveiled with several tweaks including a more aggressive design, new hands-free powered tailgate, substantial powertrain refinements, upgrades to available connected-car technology, and an available new Display Audio touchscreen system.
The engine on the new Honda Pilot is the same 3.5-litre V6 that is now mated to a refined six-speed automatic transmission and delivers 280hp and 355Nm of torque.
Safety features on the new Pilot consist of Honda Sensing Suite, including a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with forwarding Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Information System (BSI) and Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor.
New on the Pilot is also a Display Audio system comprising of an 8-inch touchscreen. It uses gestures common to smartphones and tablets, such as swipe, tap and pinch, to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features.
The engine on the new Pilot is the same 3.5-litre V6, now mated to a refined six-speed automatic transmission.