New Honda CR-V 2018 Launch LIVE Updates: Honda Car India is all set to launch the latest version of their seven-seater SUV - the 2018 Honda CR-V. The new Honda CR-V brings significant changes to the outgoing model in terms of both aesthetics and mechanicals. For the first time ever, the Honda CR-V will be available with a diesel engine.
The 2018 Honda CR-V was first unveiled at Auto Expo 2018, held back in February. In terms of aesthetics, the new Honda CR-V showcases a design language similar to all the recently-launched products from the Japanese automotive brand.
The new CR-V is now 47mm longer and 35mm wider than before. The wheelbase has also gone up by 40mm. As per reports, the 2018 Honda CR-V will be offered only in a single trim with three powertrain options.
Coming to the engines, the latest Honda CR-V can be opted with either a 1.6-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre petrol unit. The new diesel powerplant makes 118bhp and 300Nm of torque while the petrol motor is good for 152bhp and 189Nm. The diesel engine will come mated to a 9-speed automatic which sends the power to either the front wheels or all four wheels.
As for the petrol engine, the transmission system will only be a CVT unit; the same as on most other Honda products on sale. However, the diesel variant is expected to fetch more sales.
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Crowd-Puller At Auto Expo 2018
As mentioned before, the new CR-V was first unveiled at Auto Expo 2018. Since then, it has become one of the most anticipated launches in the Indian SUV market.
The Latest Design Language
Honda has completely revamped the design of their seven-seater SUV. The new CR-V looks sharper than before and the overall design language is similar to the current products sold by Honda.
Unique Wheel Design
The 18-inch three-spoke alloy wheel design has got mixed opinions. Some argue that five-spoke or six-spoke alloys are best-suited for SUVs and we agree to that. What do you think?
Premium & Loaded On The Inside
The 2018 Honda CR-V comes with premium material usage and modern technology on the inside. This ranges from a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system to the button-operated transmission.
The new CR-V is quite larger than before and it had to be like that. The main reason for this is that its rivals — the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour – have got a massive presence on-road.
Everyone's Talking About The New Diesel Engine
One of the biggest letdowns of the previous-generation Honda CR-V was the unavailability of a diesel engine. But the new 2018 CR-V gets a 1.6-litre diesel engine which makes 118bhp and 300Nm of torque. It comes mated only to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The Event Has Started
Honda Car India officials are welcoming the gathering.
The Leader Of Honda Car India Is Addressing The Audience
Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO of Honda Cars India Pvt. Ltd. shares the plans of the brand for the Indian market.
This Is The Fourth-Generation Model (Globally Fifth)
The very first CR-V was introduced in India back in 2003, after which three models followed (including the new one).
The Range Of Engines
The new 1.6-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engines have been specifically engineered to meet the performance and fuel-efficiency needs of the Indian customer.
Developed To Stand Apart
Hiromichi Tsushima, Large Project Leader at Honda's Japan R&D Centre, shares what has gone into the development of the new Honda CR-V.
The New CR-V Is Quite Unique Compared To Its Rivals
Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President & Director — Marketing & Sales at Honda Cars India Limited, shares all the unique features of the new CR-V.
"Dynamic, Wow & Sophisticated"
Performance, Aesthetics & Quality are the three main factors which the engineers at Honda have concentrated while developing the new CR-V.
Best For Five; Room For Seven
The new CR-V is aimed to be a brilliantly-packaged five-seater with an option to seat two more if required.
Attention To Practicality
The second and third-row seats can be folded down completely to make sure the CR-V can carry the largest amount of luggage, possible.
The New Lighting System
The new LED headlamp units provide the best of visibility and aesthetic appeal.
The New 9-Speed Automatic
The diesel engine will be offered along with a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission.
It's A CVT Unit For The Petrol Engine
The 2.0-Litre i-VTEC petrol engine comes mated to a CVT unit. You can also see its specs on the picture.
Lighter Yet Stronger
Here's a glance of the body engineering techniques and materials which have gone into the Honda CR-V.
Here's how the interiors look in concept form.
The AWD Unit Gets A Fancy Feature
The Torque Indicator Monitor on the Honda CR-V is one of the many other features revolving around the all-wheel-drive system.
The New Honda CR-V Prevents You From Sleeping While Driving
The Driver Attention Feature in the new CR-V ensures that the driver is always up and alert about the road and traffic conditions, by taking inputs from a lot of sensors.
The New Touchscreen Infotainment System
The 7.0-inch unit supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Driving Modes Are Selected Via Buttons
You don't get a conventional lever-selector for the automatic transmission but dedicated buttons for added convenience.
Host Of Driver-Assist Features
Here are some of the advanced driver-assist features offered on the new Honda CR-V.
A 'Little' More On Practicality
The new CR-V comes with a lot of intelligently-placed storage spaces too.
And The All-New Honda CR-V Has Been Launched In India At Rs 28.15 Lakh
The new CR-V comes at a starting price of Rs 28.15 lakh for the petrol 2WD variant while prices for the diesel 2WD and AWD stand at Rs 30.65 lakh and Rs 32.75 lakh, respectively. All prices are ex-showroom (India).
Quite A Lot Of Equipment On Offer
Here is a list of all the features and equipment offered on the new Honda CR-V.
A Host Of Accessories Are Also On Offer
You can opt these official Honda CR-V accessories to make yours a bit unique.
Here Are The Service & Warranty Details
Maintenance costs are significantly lower than before, for the new Honda CR-V.
This Is The New Honda CR-V!
The new Honda CR-V surely brings so much to stand apart from its rivals. Pricing is a bit on the higher side but for what you pay, you get quite a lot. Our launch-article is up now and you can check out more details of the new CR-V there.