Safety is a big concern for cars, and while for the developed car markets the auto makers are mandated to offer highly safe vehicles, for the developing car markets they often tend to offer poorly built and equipped cars. However, this has been slowly changing over the past few years, as the emerging car markets including India are coming up with stricter safety rules. Moreover, the modern car buyers are much more safety and quality conscious nowadays and they look for cars with high safety and security features. Crash test results or safety ratings for the new cars by the international bodies thus, form a part of big news in the automotive world, as the prospective buyers are always eager to know about the safety ratings of the cars that they intend to buy. All these facts have ensured that the auto majors across the world heighten their focus on making their offerings sturdier and safer.
Japanese auto major, Honda Motors is not an exception to this, and while Honda cars were already known for their good overall quality, the car maker has increased its focus on safety recently. One such example of the Japanese car giant’s efforts in the Asia-spec new-gen CR-V premium compact SUV. The new generation 2018 Honda CR-V SUV for the Asian markets has managed to score the highest achievable 5-star safety rating in the recently conducted crash tests by the ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries).
Earlier this year, the US-spec model of the latest generation Honda CR-V also received top accolades by the American crash testing agency Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the crash tests conducted by IIHS, the 2018 CR-V achieved the Top Safety Pick+ award, which is the top award for any new vehicle in the US car market.
The ASEAN NCAP tested the right-hand drive Asia specific model of the CR-V SUV, which now boasts of a third row of seat for the first time ever. The premium SUV has received an overall score of 88.8 points. It scored 47.25 points out of the total 50 points for adult occupant protection tests; received a score of 22.84 out of the total 25 points for the child occupant protection tests, and scored 18.71 points out of total 25 points for the safety assist technologies package.
The new-gen 2018 Honda CR-V SUV, which is in its 5th generation model is an India-bound product and is likely to arrive in our shores sometime in 2018. It will also get a locally manufactured 1.6L twin-stage turbocharged diesel motor, which Honda Cars India has been recently manufacturing for the export markets.
As compared against the ongoing Honda CR-V, the new-gen model is likely to have higher levels of localization to enable the company offer the SUV with more affordable price range in the highly competitive Indian market.
The upcoming 2018 Honda CR-V, post its Indian launch will be rivaling against the newly launched Jeep Compass, recently launched Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson.