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The new 2018 Honda CR-V was revealed in India at the Auto Expo 2018. The 2018 CR-V for India features a lot, including a new exterior and interior design, a 1.6-litre diesel option, and third-row seating.
The CR-V Diesel 2018 comes mated to a new 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The India-bound 2018 CR-V also gets a rather odd-looking set of alloy wheels. This is the only thing among the 2018 CR-V features that has received mixed opinions.
Honda CR-V 2018 Exterior Design
The new Honda CR-V's front design is entirely new. The new design is in line with the other Honda SUVs in India, such as the BR-V and the WR-V. The front grille of the new CR-V has got a chrome treatment, blending well with the headlamps with LED DRLs. The front bumper also gets chrome accents around the rectangular fog lamps.
The side profile of the 2018 CR-V features strong shoulder lines (character lines), adding to the bulkiness of the new Honda SUV. The new Honda CR-V showcased in India sported a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
The rear end of the Honda CR-V features a pair of ‘L-Shaped' LED tail lamps. The lamps embrace the chrome garnish, housing the Honda logo. The rear bumpers get twin exhaust pipes which add to the sportiness of the new 2018 Honda CR-V.
Honda CR-V 2018 Interior Design
The new Honda CR-V gets a premium leather-trimmed dashboard, complete with wooden panelling. The central portion of the dashboard is dominated by a large 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HondaLink and SatNav. The 2018 Honda CR-V Automatic replaces the conventional gear-lever with a set of drive-buttons.
The new 2018 Honda CR-V is now wider and more spacious, and gets leather seats. The middle-row seats offer ample legroom and thigh-support, while the third row is best suited for kids.
Honda CR-V 2018 Diesel Engine
The outgoing Honda CR-V India-model came only with two petrol engines - A 2.0-litre unit which produces 154bhp @ 6500rpm and 190Nm @ 4300rpm; and a bigger 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine which puts out 181bhp @ 6400rpm and 240Nm @ 3900rpm. The 2.0-litre unit came mated either to a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual, while the 2.4-litre unit was available only with the 5-speed automatic.
Now for the first time, India will be getting the new Honda CR-V in a diesel variant too. The 1.6-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine produces 158bhp @ 4000rpm and 350Nm @ 2000rpm. The new CR-V's diesel engine will be produced at Honda's plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan. The 2018 Honda CR-V Diesel will come mated to a new 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox, and is expected to receive all-wheel-drive as an option.
Honda CR-V 2018 Safety Features
Coming to safety, the upcoming Honda CR-V ticks a lot of boxes. The top-variant of the SUV comes with Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist, Multi-Angle Parking Camera, Blind-Spot Warning and much more.
The new Honda CR-V 2018 also gets 6 airbags, ISOFIX child-seat mounts, and ABS+EBD+BA as standard equipment.
Other Honda CR-V 2018 Features
The global variant of the 2018 Honda CR-V has got a lot of features to aid convenience and comfort. The India-bound variant of the 2018 CR-V might get some feature-cuts to keep the prices low. However some of the features such as, powered-tailgate, hands-free tailgate, 60:40 split-seats, smart key, rain-sensing wipers, might be available in the India-spec 2018 Honda CR-V.
Thoughts On The Honda CR-V 2018 Top Features
One of the main reason for the low sales of the outgoing Honda CR-V model, was the absence of a diesel engine. We expect the 2018 Honda CR-V diesel variant to witness decent sales figures, once it is launched. Also, the new Honda CR-V has got enough features to face its rivals, including the Hyundai Tucson and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Check out our First Look Review of the Honda CR-V 2018, to know more.