Auto Expo 2018: Honda CR-V Showcased.The new Honda CR-V for India gets seven seats and new diesel engine option and is expected to be launched by mid to late 2018 with prices starting at around Rs 22-23 lakhs ex-showroom.
Honda CR-V Specs
The new fifth-gen CR-V will continue to be offered with the current 2.4-litre petrol engine that produces 181bhp @ 6,400rpm and 240Nm of torque @ 3,900rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
New for the India-spec Honda Cr-V is the arrival of a 1.6-litre twin-turbo diesel engine option. The diesel engine cranks out 158bhp @ 4,000rpm and 350Nm of torque @ 2,000rpm. What makes the engine more interesting is the fact that Honda manufactures this engine at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan, which should keep costs down.
The new diesel CR-V for India gets a 9-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels in standard guise. Both petrol and diesel variants of the Honda CR-V are also expected to get all-wheel drive as an option.
The 5th-gen Honda CR-V is larger in size compared to its predecessor thanks to the addition of a row of seats in the rear. The new CR-V is 4,587mm long, 1,854mm wide, and 1,679mm tall while the wheelbase is 2,659mm long. The new CR-V is 58mm longer, 35mm wider and 25mm taller than its predecessor while the wheelbase has expanded by 40mm. The new CR-V in comparison to the model currently on sale in India weighs 142 kilograms heavier.
Honda CR-V Design & Features
The new Honda CR-V's design is an evolution of the current car's design. The front end looks wider and the new sleek headlamps flank the new grille which features a bar of chrome running across the centre.
At the sides, the increased length can be seen at the rear and the bulging wheel arches play host to a larger set of new alloy wheels. Also seen prominently on the side is the body cladding to give the CR-V a more rugged look.
The rear end of the new CR-V is dominated by the L-Shaped taillights that flank the rear windshield and are joined together by a strip of chrome that runs under the aforementioned pane of glass.
Inside, the cabin looks to be a lot larger than before and if you spec the diesel model of the CR-V with the automatic gearbox then the gear lever is replaced by a set of buttons.
The dash itself has a multi-layer effect and features wood detailing as do the doors. the dash plays host to a large touchscreen infotainment display.
The seats along with certain sections of the dash are upholstered in leather. The driver and front passenger's seats look massive. The second row of seats can be moved forward slightly to access the third row of seats, which are a first for the CR-V.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The new Honda CR-V
The new Honda CR-V has become more practical with a new row of seats and can now ensure that the large Indian extended family can be carried around with ease in one vehicle. The addition of the new 1.6-litre diesel engine will come as a welcome surprise for the Honda customer in India, who will appreciate the power on offer as well as the hopefully better fuel efficiency.