The facelifted Honda CR-V is now open for booking at all 101 of Honda Malaysia's authorised dealerships nationwide. The Japanese carmaker confirmed that its official launch is due within the fourth quarter of 2020, meaning that it's only a matter of time before the popular SUV begins rolling into showrooms across the country.
As with most Honda facelifts, the updated CR-V aesthetic updates are mostly quite subtle. The bumpers are new, as are the grille and 18-inch alloys. Although Honda hasn't officially released any rear shots of the Malaysian-spec model, we can confirm that the facelift will get smoked finish taillights and new tailpipes to go with the whole dark-trimmed theme.
In terms of powertrain, Honda Malaysia's press release only mentions the return of the CR-V's 193PS/243Nm 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo engine and the possible option of AWD with Intelligent Control System. It remains to be seen if the naturally-aspirated two-litre model will soldier on in the facelift's catalogue – the Accord's turbo-only line-up suggests that the opposite is quite likely.
Kit-wise, the CR-V has gotten a bit more convenient with a new foot-activated, hands-free power tailgate. Honda LaneWatch is now a standard safety feature across the board while the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids has been bolstered with an auto high-beam feature. The previous medley of adaptive cruise control, low-speed follow, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation and lane keep assist remain intact.
The additions may be few, but the Honda CR-V was a pretty solid SUV that was rather well-equipped to begin with. Surely 36,000 Malaysian buyers of the fifth-gen model can't be wrong...