The East Liberty plant is the first in the world to start building the fifth-generation compact SUV.

In the 20 years since it was launched, Honda has sold nearly four million examples of the CR-V SUV in the United States alone. Indeed, the Japanese automaker reckons that figure makes in the best-selling SUV in America over those 20 years.

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In that light, it is not surprising that Honda has chosen its East Liberty Assembly Plant (ELP) in Ohio as the first factory to start production of the all-new, fifth-generation CR-V. The first production cars rolled out the doors earlier this week, ahead of the CR-V’s on sale date later this winter.


The 2017 CR-V is new from the ground up, using Honda’s latest global compact car platform, which also underpins the current Civic. The CR-V uses the Civic’s 1.5-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine, as well. Usefully, the motor has been boosted a bit in the CR-V, gaining 16 horsepower (12 kilowatts) and 17 pound-feet (23 Newton meters) of torque, for a total of 190 hp (142 kW) and 179 lb/ft (243 Nm).

All but the most basic CR-V models come with the turbo motor, connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive. Four-wheel-drive is available as an option. Honda says that 75 percent of CR-V buyers will go for the turbo option.

Improved packaging has realized a more voluminous interior, with two inches of extra legroom for rear seat passengers. A seven-inch touchscreen - also shared with the Civic - controls the infotainment system, and there is large suite of driver assistance aids, as well.

Tim Myers, ELP plant manager, said: “Our Ohio team did an incredible job as the lead plant for the global launch of this new Honda CR-V. We believe the CR-V will continue to set the standard for compact SUVs.”

ELP developed the production process for the CR-V, which will eventually be produced by ten factories around the world. Including Honda’s plants in Ontario, Canada and Greensburg, Indiana. The 1.5-liter turbo engine is built in Anna, Ohio.



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