Honda has unwrapped the new CR-V in global debut at the 2014 Paris Motor show. The new face-lifted version of the car gets its refreshment in form of a few significant cosmetic upgrades along with a brand new diesel engine. The current face-lift of Honda claims that it has made over 60 new improvements to the new vehicle. The Honda CV-R is one of the most renowned nameplates in the SUV/Crossover segment of Indian car market. The dominance of diesel cars has seen a slump in the demand for CR-V. The Indian car market has already seen three generation of the CR-V and this Japanese crossover is among the highest-priced models in Honda cars India’s product portfolio. As seen from the spy pictures, the updated CR-V’s front will see styling changes such as a new front grille with honeycomb treatment and twin slats.
The inside of Honda CR-V gets a new configurable centre console, rear console ventilation ducts, electric-operated tailgate, 10 –way adjustable and heated driver’s seat and a 7-inch touch screen audio telemetric interface. The car also gets Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering, Forward Collision warning (FCW), Honda Lane Watch and vehicle stability Assistance (VSA). The collision Mitigation Braking system (CMBS), Lane keeping Assist system (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) will benefit the buyers.
The new Honda CR-V facelift boasts of a new front bumper, new trapezoids-shaped foglamps, LED accents, new radiator grille, new tail lamps and a faux-skid plate for the bumper. The new revised headlamps will have HID fixtures and the fog lamps get a splash of chrome around them. The car would remain almost unchanged in its side profile. The new design alloy wheels will have a 17-inch diameter instead of 16-inch of current CR-V’s wheels.
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The diesel engine of the current car a 2.2 litre I-DTEC is on its way out as it will be replaced by a new and more powerful 1.6 litre I-DTEC diesel engine. The engine is rated at 160ps of power and 356 Nm of torque. Carbon-dioxide emission have been claimed to cut down by 11 percent for the 6-speed manual transmission variant. A new 9-speed automatic transmission will find instead of the outgoing car’s 5-speed automatic. The two wheels – drive diesel variant of the CR-V will retain the outgoing car’s 1.6 litre I-DTEC diesel engine, although it will have a lower output of 120Ps.
The new Honda CR-V facelift petrol variant will cost around Rs 20.9 lakh-25.1 lakh. And the diesel variant will cost amount 27.0 lakh.
So it’s to be seen next that what percent of popularity this next generation SUV from Honda grabs in comparison to its predecessors and in comparison to the existing SUVs in the Indian car market, as you know they are many in numbers.