Popular crossover gains new entry-level seven-seat variant.

Honda Australia has added a new three-row version of its top-selling CR-V, bringing the number of three-row grades to two.

Dubbed the VTi-E7, the new variant is priced from $34,490 plus on-road costs and is now on sale nationwide.

Key equipment highlights include leather-appointed seats, eight-way electric driver’s seat adjustment, a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 18-inch alloys, rear-view camera, air vents for the second and third rows, along with USB ports in the front and rear.

There’s also dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, front fog-lights, tyre pressure monitoring, driver attention monitoring, and a full-size spare wheel.

Pictured: Honda CR-V VTi-L interior

Disappointingly, the VTi-E7 launches without the availability of the Honda Sensing active safety suite, meaning assistance features like autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning aren’t offered.

Power in the new trim level comes from the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine seen in most of the range, making 140kW of power at 5600rpm, and 240Nm of torque between 2000 and 5000rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels exclusively via a CVT automatic.

The addition of the VTi-E7 brings the total number of CR-V variants to seven, ranging from $28,290 to $44,290 plus on-road costs.

It also means those wanting a three-row CR-V now don’t have to shell out nearly $40,000 for the VTi-L ($38,990), which previously was the standalone seven-seat option in the local range.

2019 Honda CR-V pricing

  • Vi – $28,290
  • VTi – $30,690
  • VTi-S – $33,290 (FWD)
  • VTi-E – $34,490 (NEW)
  • VTi-S – $35,490 (AWD)
  • VTi-L – $38,990
  • VTi-LX – $44,290

All prices exclude on-road costs