The first generation CR-V was designed with “refreshing performance and comfort of a sedan” by applying Honda’s automobile technologies to a flexible, easy-to-use interior design allowing five adults to travel in comfort, and was developed focussing on “utility space as large as a wagon,” “mobility of a cross-country 4WD,” and “new design functionality and safety.”
The CR-V’s dimensions (4.470m (L) x 1.750m (W) x 1.705m (H) for Japan model) made it suitable for urban driving, low enough for parking in two-story garages, providing easy access to its luggage space. Its 1.535m wide tread provided the feel of stability and safety of a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Its newly developed 2.0L 16-valve DOHC engine featured the world’s first mass-produced quad-sequential sleeve engine block, realizing high efficiency within a compact unit, providing exceptional manageability in a size equivalent to a 1.6L engine, and high fuel efficiency.
The CR-V was also equipped with a newly-designed, smoother realtime lightweight dual pump 4WD.
The interior cabin space (1.765m (L) x 1.460m (W) x 1.245m (H)) provided the comfort of a living room, and featured a category-first fully flat floor and center walkthrough, realizing a complete new seating arrangement.
The first generation CR-V’s tailgate was composed of a vertically-lifting glass hatch, and a sideway-opening lower gate for everyday convenience.
In 1998 FF version was added.
2.0L 16-valve DOHC engine
Quad-sequential sleeve engine block