Honda has unveiled the all new CRV crossover in Europe. The most notable changes in the new CRV is the availability of the i-DTEC diesel engine along with the familiar i-VTEC petrol engine. Honda is also planning to add a more fuel efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine by 2013.
The new Honda CRV carries much of the stylistic features of the previous version. Honda has made some changes in terms of the dimensions with the new CRV now slightly longer. The driver seat and rear seat are now lower which will provide a mode car like feel. Honda has said these changes will provide the new CRV a perfect balance between an SUV and a car.
The new Honda CRV will be available with the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that is now available in the new Civic in Europe. The engine is capable of generating 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. Honda has said this engine emits 149 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The other engine option is the 2.0-litrei-VTEC engine than generates 148bhp and 192Nm of torque.
The new Honda CRV will be available with both front wheel drive and all wheel drive variants. Honda has only unveiled the new SUV and has not revealed the European prices. The CRV was a much loved SUV in India but it lost prominence after the arrival of diesel powered competitors such as the Chevrolet Captiva, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
With a price tag of over 20 lakhs and still not having a diesel engine has made the current CRV quite unattractive to customers. The launch of the new CRV in Europe will kindle hopes in Indian CRV fans who have been waiting for it since Honda revealed plans to launch an updated version. If Honda Siel brings the new CRV along with the diesel engine, it could really pose some challenge to its competition.