Official images of the next generation Honda CR-V have been released in Japan. The teaser images reveal changes in the exterior design, similar to the spy photos of test mules reported by CarToq, a couple of months ago. We expect the new Honda CR-V to hit Indian shores in mid 2012.
Exterior changes: The next generation Honda CR-V gets an all new front with bold radiator grille featuring three horizontal chrome slats with a sculpted large Honda logo at the centre. The upswept head lamps give a sporty look to the new CR-V. The rear styling and tail lamps of the upcoming CR-V resemble that of the Volvo XC60.
Interior changes: We expect the upcoming CR-V to have a third row seat making it a proper 7-seater soft roader though there no spy shots or official images proving the inclusion of a third row of seats. Honda may also introduce more convenience features in the new version.
Engine changes: Honda may launch the new CR-V with a diesel engine. Honda has a 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel motor that powers the Europe-specific Honda Accord. If this engine comes in the India-bound CR-V, the Toyota Fortuner and the likes will likely be in trouble.
Price changes: There are speculations that Honda may assemble the CR-V by importing parts from Japan via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. If this happens, the CR-V could be priced 20-30% lower than the current price (which is Rs 22.6 lakh – Rs 24.8 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi). However, there has been no confirmation of this so far.