Honda_CR-V_frontHonda has released details of its 2021 CR-V SUV range, these include styling changes inside and out, as well as extensive infotainment and safety upgrades.

The Japanese company says the new exterior styling, “Aims to creates a more upscale and distinctive presence.” This includes new bumper designs front and rear, with silver or grey lower accent treatments detailing depending on the grade, as well as a new blackout grille, dark-tinted tail light lenses and a dark chrome tailgate garnish.

A new design of 18-inch alloy wheel is fitted to VTi X, VTi L AWD and VTi L7 grades While the high-series VTi LX AWD now has 19-inch alloys wheels in a Y-spoke design with a light grey finish.

On top of Honda Sensing, hands-free power tailgate and wireless charging, the high series seven-seat VTi L7 grade also gains LED headlights, LED fog lights and privacy glass.

All CR-V grades fitted with the 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo engine – from VTi to VTi LX AWD, both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, as well as five-seat and seven-seat layouts – are now equipped with the Honda Sensing package of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies.

Honda_CR-V_rearTwo new paint colours have been added to the colour palette for CR-V; Ignite Red metallic and Cosmic Blue metallic.

The five existing colours carried across to the new model are: Platinum White pearlescent, Lunar Silver metallic, Brilliant Sporty Blue metallic, Modern Steel metallic and Crystal Black pearlescent.

Interestingly, there is no additional charge for metallic or pearlescent paint on the Honda CR-V.

Inside, all gradeS of the CR-V benefit from a redesigned centre console with improved storage and simpler access to phone and USB ports.

The VTi L7 and VTi LX AWD grades have a wireless charging pad for compatible mobile phones.


The new luxury VTi L AWD grade has leather-appointed seat trim, heated front seats and 8-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat.

The official on sale date of September 1, 2020, but dealers may have stocks of some models before then and, in any case will be happy to take advance orders. Note however, the full model range won’t be in Australia till early October.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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