It won’t go on sale until this winter, yet Honda has released pictures of the “completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V.” The EX and higher trim levels will feature the model’s first turbocharged engine, a 1.5-liter four rated at 190 horsepower or five more horsepower than the current engine. Inside, Honda said the CR-V will offer top-of-the-class space and the best rear seat legroom in its class. For those tired of Honda’s much criticized sliding lever on the touchscreen, the new CR-V will feature a physical volume knob. Other features include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake, rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front seats. The suite known as “Honda Sensing” will be standard equipment on EX and higher trims. That brings Collision Mitigation Braking with Forward Collision Warning and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist. Additional new driver-assist technologies include available Blind Spot Information, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlights. Pricing information will come at a later date.
The Detroit News reports Fiat Chrysler will unveil an Alfa Romero SUV at the Los Angeles Auto show next month. It is expected to carry the name Stelvio. And that’s all FCA is saying at this point. My guess is that it will be based on the Fiat 500 X.
Keynote speakers at the Consumer Electronics trade show next year will be Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Ford’s CEO Mark Fields. Cars are becoming a bigger feature at the CES with about 210,000 square feet devoted to them, with emphasis on self-driving vehicles.
Automakers are quickly adopting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to their models. Both will appear on more than 100 models next year, when less than year ago they were offered on about 50.
Germany’s Federal Motor Authority is telling Tesla owners that the Autopilot feature requires their attention and involvement at all times. It said this is not a fully automated driving device, and that Germany’s laws require the driver to be in complete control of their vehicle at all times.
They are not selling well, so Subaru is pulling the production plug on the Crosstrek Hybrid, the company’s first production hybrid. It will be discontinued for the 2017 model year, according to Automotive News.