Honda CR-V Crossover Facelift with new 1.6 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine revealed

Barely a day ahead of the Paris Motor Show, Japanese automaker Honda has revealed the European version facelifted CR-V crossover. The 2015 CR-V’s European version gets a new 1.6 liter-4 cylinder, all-aluminium i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that outputs 160 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Notably, this is the highest ever output squeezed out of the 1.6 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, which was first introduced a couple of years ago, in the Honda Civic sedan sold in Europe.

Honda sells the Euro-spec CR-V in India, where the crossover is assembled at the Japanese automaker’s Greater Noida factory through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. The facelifted, Euro-spec version of the 2015 CR-V is expected to land into India next year. Honda has announced that the facelifted CR-V sold in India is likely to gain turbo diesel power. Therefore, the likelihood of the 1.6 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel motor making it to the India-spec 2015 CR-V crossover’s engine bay is high.

However, the front wheel drive versions of the 2015, Euro-spec CR-V facelift will retain the 1.6 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine in 118 Bhp-300 Nm state of tune. The higher state of tune will be available only with the four wheel drive versions of the facelifted CR-V. 6 speed manual gearboxes will be offered on both tunes of the 1.6 liter diesel engine while a 9 speed automatic gearbox will be available only with the higher state of tune.

The CR-V crossover is a decent seller for Honda in India, what with the automaker managing to sell out its limited, monthly production volume of about 50 units month after month. In fact, the CR-V sold in India even has a small waiting list, which is reflective of the steady demand that this crossover from Honda has here. Adding a diesel engine to the CR-V is likely to multiply the crossover’s desirability quotient many fold, especially in a country that simply loves its diesel powered SUVs.

The lack of a diesel engine option has been the India-spec CR-V’s Achilles heel ever since the crossover was first launched here, way back in 2003. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation CR-V crossovers sold in India, have all been petrol-only models. Even the current, 4th generation version of the CR-V sold here is petrol powered, and is available with options of 2 liter and 2.4 liter petrol motors. Both front and all wheel drive layouts are offered on the CR-V Petrol sold in India.