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AutomobileJapanOctober 2, 1997
Honda Adds New "Smart Scape" and "Active Scape" Versions to Updated CR-V Series

Tokyo, October 2, 1997 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. introduced today its updated light-duty 4-wheel drive CR-V series, adding the attractive Smart scape and the driver-oriented Active scape models to the existing line-up. The new CR-V will be available through Honda's Primo and Verno dealer networks nationwide starting October 2.

The updated CR-V now offers standard ABS and dual SRS airbags throughout the range while adding convenience features like keyless entry and UV-cut glass all round. On the mechanical side, the Realtime 4WD system has been re-tuned for improved response. The 4-speed automatic gearbox is now of the direct clutch control type.

The newly introduced Smart scape version boasts body-colored exterior parts including two-tone color bumpers and side door moldings together with tinted glass all round. The Active scape on the other hand features a high power 145 PS engine matched to a 5-speed manual transmission for increased driver involvement.

CR-V Smart scape
CR-V Smart scape

CR-V Active scape
CR-V Active scape

CR-V Series Monthly Domestic Sales Target: 4,500 units

Main Features

  • New direct clutch control 4-speed automatic transmission.
  • High response Realtime dual pump 4WD system.
  • ABS, dual SRS airbag system and child seat anchoring seat belt are standard throughout the series.
  • Body-colored rear license garnish.
  • Re-designed seat material.
  • Interior light-synchronized keyless entry system.
  • All round UV-cut glass.
  • Passenger-side seat pocket and large vanity mirror.
  • Navigation system with newly added interconnection to the VICS road information system (optional receiver) is included in the "N" package.
  • Revised "L" package including 20W x 4 high power audio1, tinted glass and other items (standard on Smart scape, factory-installed maker option on standard and Active scape models).
1. 12.5W x 4 speakers are fitted when "L" and "N" packages are combined.

CR-V Smart scape Features

Special CR-V version with enhanced exterior and interior design features.

  • Exterior
    • tinted glass.
    • Metallic finish exhaust pipe finisher.
    • Two-tone colored bumper, body-colored hard-type spare tire cover.
    • Body-colored door handles, door mirrors, and side protectors.
  • Interior
    • Wood center panel and colored meters (purple).
    • New seat and door lining material (jacquard moquette).
    • Leather steering wheel and shift knob.
    • Large open-style headrests.
  • "L" package standard
CR-V Active scape Features

Driver-oriented sporty version
  • New engine and transmission
    • Powerful 2.0-liter DOHC engine (145PS/6,200rpm, 18.2kgm/5,200rpm).
    • 5-speed floor-shift manual transmission.
    • Enlarged front disk brakes.
  • Exterior design
    • Specific 5-stud steel wheels (optional specific alloy wheels available).
    • Soft-type spare wheel cover.
    • Metallic finish exhaust pipe finisher.
  • Interior design
    • Specific soft weave seat material.
    • Yellow-colored meters.
    • Leather steering wheel and shift knob.
    • Large open-style headrests.
Major options:
"L" package*
"N" package**
Alloy wheels
Electric glass sunroof
Sports grille

Notes: * "L" package is composed of AM/FM full logic radio cassette deck with built-in CD changer control + 4 speakers (20W x 4), body-colored powered retractable door mirrors, driver seat manual height adjuster, and tinted glass.
** "N" package is composed of VICS compatible Honda Navigation System, AM/FM full logic radio cassette deck with built-in CD changer control + 4 speakers (12.5W x 4)
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