Two years ago, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) introduced the all-new CR-V to the country. Sporting a new look, plenty of high-tech features, as well as the option of having it with a turbo-diesel (and seven seats) for the first time, it was quite the game-changer.

For 2020, Honda has given the CR-V its first refresh after its initial debut in 2016. Looking a little sleeker than before, the automaker has given it subtle updates inside and out, as well as a new hybrid powertrain under the hood.

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At first glance, the changes on the exterior of the 2020 CR-V are not immediately apparent. Like the Civic, Honda went for a subtler approach for the minor model change. First up, it gets a bolder-looking front grill, as well as a new foglight trim similar to the Civic.

There are also new alloy wheels that are availabe in 18- and 19-inch sizes. Other revisions Honda made for the refreshed CR-V include dark-tinted taillights, a new chrome trim on the tailgate, and sporty exhaust finishers that are available on certain models.

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Inside, almost everything relatively remains the same including the push-button gear selector, dual zone climate control, touchscreen infotainment, three-spoke steering wheel, as well as the faux wood trim on high-grade models. What's new, however, is the updated instrument cluster (for hybrid variants), as well as the Qi wireless phone charging system. Other amenities inside the 2020 CR-V include power-adjustable front seats, engine start-stop button with remote start, rear USB charging ports, leather upholstery, as well as 60:40 split rear seats.

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Under the hood, the US-spec CR-V is now available with a hybrid powertrain. Gone is the 2.4-liter K24 engine as it has been replaced by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that is paired to an electric motor. Called the i-MMD, the two-motor system operates without a traditional automatic transmission and instead uses what Honda calls a 'single fixed gear ratio transmission'. It produces a total system output of 212 PS and can run on pure electricity when on a full charge.

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Not a fan of the hybrid? Honda is still offering the 1.5-liter turbocharged i-VTEC engine which puts out 190 PS and 243 Nm of torque. Power is still fed through an Earth Dreams-developed CVT.

Like its predecessor, Honda Sensing is available on the refreshed crossover. Active driver aids like collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning (with pedestrian sensing), road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, as well adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow help the driver and its occupants be safe inside the CR-V.

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Other safety features that can be specified on the 2020 CR-V are: blind-spot information, rear-cross traffic monitor, and auto high beam headlights. Hybrid models, however, also come with a new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) which warns pedestrians when the CR-V is under electric power only. It works via a speaker mounted on the front bumper that generates an audible alert that varies in volume.

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Expect the refreshed Honda CR-V to make its way to Southeast Asia soon. What we're not sure of is if we will get the hybrid option available as the CR-V locally is only available with either a turbo-gasoline or a turbo-diesel.