Honda announced the global start of the 2017 CR-V production at the at the East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio.
The all-new Honda CR-V is scheduled to hit the US market this winter, offering for the first time a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with 190hp and 179lb-ft of peak torque.
This also marks the first time for Honda’s Ohio plant to lead a global production launch, with the facilities also to have developed the processes and technologies that will form the manufacturing base for CR-V production at ten Honda plants globally.
“Our Ohio team did an incredible job as the lead plant for the global launch of this new Honda CR-V and we look forward to sharing this world-class 2017 CR-V with our customers in the U.S., North America and around the world.” said Tim Myers, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant. “With a first-ever available turbocharged engine that is also built right here in Ohio we believe the CR-V will continue to set the standard for compact SUVs.”
Honda will also build the all-new CR-V in two additional plants, located in Indiana and Canada. The Ohio plant currently employs 2,350 people and offers an annual capacity of 240,000 cars and light trucks.
The new Honda CR-V features a more characterful styling, adopting design elements from the latest Civic. The company has also added an automatic shutter grille system that allegedly helps in reducing drag. Inside there’s a new infotainment system, higher-quality materials and more importantly more room for the passengers and their luggage.
Expect Honda to release the full details on the all-new 2017 CR-V in the next days, so stay tuned.